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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Psalms Chapter 34

Psalms 34:2

psa 34:2

Shall boast - Shall glory in this, that I have so powerful and so gracious a master. The humble - The righteous.

Psalms 34:3

psa 34:3

Together - Not in place, for David was now banished from the place of God's publick worship, but in affection: let our souls meet, and let our praises meet in the ears of the all - hearing God.

Psalms 34:5

psa 34:5

Lightened - Comforted and encouraged. Ashamed - They were not disappointed of their hope.

Psalms 34:6

psa 34:6

This man - David.

Psalms 34:7

psa 34:7

The angel - The angels, the singular number being put for the plural.

Psalms 34:8

psa 34:8

O taste - Make trial, of it by your own experience of it. Good - Merciful and gracious.

Psalms 34:9

psa 34:9

Fear - Reverence, serve, and trust him: for fear is commonly put for all the parts of God's worship.

Psalms 34:12

psa 34:12

Life - A long and happy life, begun in this world and continued for ever in the next. Good - In which he may enjoy good, prosperity or happiness.

Psalms 34:13

psa 34:13

Evil - From all manner of evil speaking, from all injurious, false and deceitful speeches.

Psalms 34:14

psa 34:14

Depart - From all sin. Do good - Be ready to perform all good offices to all men. Seek - Study by all means possible to live peaceable with all men. Pursue it - Do not only embrace it gladly when it is offered, but follow hard after it, when it seems to flee away from thee.

Psalms 34:16

psa 34:16

The face - His anger, which discovers itself in the face.

Psalms 34:18

psa 34:18

Nigh - Ready to hear and succour them. To - Those whose spirits are truly humbled under the hand of God, and the sense of their sins, whose hearts are subdued, and made obedient to God's will and submissive to his providence.

Psalms 34:20

psa 34:20

Bones - All the parts and members of their bodies.

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