Psalm 34:17
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English Standard Version
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

King James Bible
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

American Standard Version
The righteous cried, and Jehovah heard, And delivered them out of all their troubles.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles.

English Revised Version
The righteous cried, and the LORD heard, and delivered them out of all their troubles.

Webster's Bible Translation
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

(Heb.: 34:12-15) The first main division of the Psalm is ended; the second (much the same as in Psalm 32:1-11) assumes more the tone of a didactic poem; although even Psalm 34:6, Psalm 34:9 have something of the didactic style about them. The poet first of all gives a direction for fearing God. We may compare Psalm 32:8; Psalm 51:15 - how thoroughly Davidic is the turn which the Psalm here takes! בּנים are not children in years or in understanding; but it is a tender form of address of a master experienced in the ways of God to each one and to all, as in Proverbs 1:8, and frequently. In Psalm 34:13 he throws out the question, which he himself answers in Psalm 34:14. This form of giving impressiveness to a truth by setting it forth as a solution of some question that has been propounded is a habit with David. Psalm 14:1; Psalm 24:8, Psalm 24:10; Psalm 25:12. In the use made of this passage from the Psalms in 1 Peter 3:10-12 ( equals Psalm 34:13 of the Psalm) this form of the question is lost sight of. To חפץ חיּים, as being just as exclusive in sense, corresponds אהב ימים, so that consequently לראות is a definition of the purpose. ימים signifies days in the mass, just as חיּים means long-enduring life. We see from James 3:2., where Psalm 34:13 also, in its form, calls to mind the Psalm before us, why the poet gives the pre-eminence to the avoiding of sins of the tongue. In Psalm 34:15, from among what is good peace is made prominent, - peace, which not only are we not to disturb, but which we are to seek, yea, pursue it like as the hunter pursues the finest of the herds. Let us follow, says the apostle Paul also, Romans 14:19 (cf. Hebrews 12:14), after those things which make for peace. שׁלום is a relationship, harmonious and free from trouble, that is well-pleasing to the God of love. The idea of the bond of fellowship is connected with the corresponding word eiree'nee, according to its radical notion.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The righteous. There is no word for [the righteous] in the present Hebrew text; but it is preserved in all the versions; and it was probably lost from its similitude to [tzaakoo], `they cry:' -- tzaakoo tazddeekim, `the righteous cry.'


Psalm 34:6,15,19 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles...

Psalm 91:15 He shall call on me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.

Psalm 145:18-20 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth...

2 Chronicles 32:20,21,24 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven...

Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Acts 12:5-11 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him...

Cross References
Exodus 14:10
When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD.

Deuteronomy 4:7
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?

1 Kings 9:3
And the LORD said to him, "I have heard your prayer and your plea, which you have made before me. I have consecrated this house that you have built, by putting my name there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:6
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

Psalm 145:19
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.

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