Psalm 34:8
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Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

King James Bible
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Darby Bible Translation
Taste and see that Jehovah is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him!

World English Bible
Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Young's Literal Translation
Taste ye and see that Jehovah is good, O the happiness of the man who trusteth in Him.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

O taste and see that the Lord is good - Apply to him by faith and prayer; plead his promises, he will fulfill them; and you shall know in consequence, that the Lord is good. God has put it in the power of every man to know whether the religion of the Bible be true or false. The promises relative to enjoyments in this life are the grand tests of Divine revelation. These must be fulfilled to all them who with deep repentance and true faith turn unto the Lord, if the revelation which contains them be of God. Let any man in this spirit approach his Maker, and plead the promises that are suited to his case, and he will soon know whether the doctrine be of God. He shall taste, and then see, that the Lord is good, and that the man is blessed who trusts in him. This is what is called experimental religion; the living, operative knowledge that a true believer has that he is passed from death unto life; that his sins are forgiven him for Christ's sake, the Spirit himself bearing witness with his spirit that he is a child of God. And, as long as he is faithful, he carries about with him the testimony of the Holy Ghost; and he knows that he is of God, by the Spirit which God has given him.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

taste

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips:

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Songs 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight...

Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey...

Hebrews 6:4,5 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift...

1 Peter 2:2,3 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby...

1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked on...

Lord

Psalm 36:7,10 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings...

Psalm 52:1 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endures continually.

Jeremiah 31:14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, said the LORD.

Zechariah 9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

1 John 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God...

blessed

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little...

Psalm 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.

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Struggling and Seeking
'The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.'--PSALM xxxiv. 10. If we may trust the superscription of this psalm, it was written by David at one of the very darkest days of his wanderings, probably in the Cave of Adullam, where he had gathered around him a band of outlaws, and was living, to all appearance, a life uncommonly like that of a brigand chief, in the hills. One might have pardoned him if, at such a moment, some cloud of doubt or
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Religion Pleasant to the Religious.
"O taste and see how gracious the Lord is; blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."--Psalm xxxiv. 8. You see by these words what love Almighty God has towards us, and what claims He has upon our love. He is the Most High, and All-Holy. He inhabiteth eternity: we are but worms compared with Him. He would not be less happy though He had never created us; He would not be less happy though we were all blotted out again from creation. But He is the God of love; He brought us all into existence,
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII

Draw Me, we Will Run after Thee to the Odor of Thine Ointments.
This young lover prays the Bridegroom to draw her by the centre of her soul, as if she were not satisfied with the sweetness of the balsam poured forth among her powers; for she already comprehends, through the grace of the Bridegroom, who continually draws her with more and more force, that there is an enjoyment of Himself more noble and more intimate than that which she at present shares. This is what gives rise to her present request. Draw me, says she, into the most interior chambers of my soul,
Madame Guyon—Song of Songs of Solomon

Fourth Sunday after Easter Second Sermon.
Text: James 1, 16-21. 16 Be not deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19 Ye know this, my beloved brethren. But let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II

Cross References
Hebrews 6:5
who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age

1 Peter 2:3
now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Psalm 2:12
Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.

Jeremiah 17:7
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

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