Psalm 34:21
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English Standard Version
Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

King James Bible
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

American Standard Version
Evil shall slay the wicked; And they that hate the righteous shall be condemned.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The death of the wicked is very evil: and they that hate the just shall be guilty.

English Revised Version
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be condemned.

Webster's Bible Translation
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

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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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Evil

Psalm 37:30-40 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment...

Psalm 94:23 And he shall bring on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yes...

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

they

Psalm 37:12-15 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth...

Psalm 40:15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say to me, Aha, aha.

Psalm 89:23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.

1 Samuel 19:4,5 And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David...

1 Samuel 31:4 Then said Saul to his armor bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me through therewith...

1 Kings 22:8,37 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD...

Luke 19:14,27 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us...

Luke 19:41-44 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it...

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

John 15:18-23 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you...

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men...

2 Thessalonians 1:6,9 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you...

desolate. or, guilty

Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.

Cross References
Psalm 7:9
Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous-- you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

Psalm 94:23
He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out.

Psalm 140:11
Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!

Proverbs 24:16
for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

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