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Psalms 34:17

The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.


Adam Clarke Commentary

The righteous cry - There is no word in the present Hebrew text for righteous; but all the versions preserve it. I suppose it was lost through its similitude to the word צעקו tsaaku, they cry צדיקים צעקו tsaaku tsaddikim, the righteous cry.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-34.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth - That is, one of the advantages or benefits of being righteous is the privilege of crying unto God, or of calling on his name, with the assurance that he will hear and deliver us. No one has ever yet fully appreciated the “privilege” of being permitted to call upon God; the privilege of prayer. There is no blessing conferred upon man in his present state superior to this; and no one can fully understand the force of the argument derived from this in favor of the service of God. What a world would this be - how sad, how helpless, how wretched - if there were no God to whom the guilty, the suffering, and the sorrowful might come; if God were a Being who never heard prayer at all; if he were a capricious Being who might or might not hear prayer; if He were a Being governed by fitful emotions, who would now hear the righteous, and then the wicked, and then neither, and who dispensed His favors in answer to prayer by no certain rule!

And delivereth them out of all their troubles -

(1) He often delivers them from trouble in this life in answer to prayer.

(2) he will deliver them literally from all trouble in the life to come.

The promise is not indeed, that they shall be delivered from all trouble on earth, but the idea is that God is able to rescue them from trouble here; that He often does it in answer to prayer; and that there will be, in the case of every righteous person, a sure and complete deliverance from all trouble hereafter. Compare the notes at Psalm 34:6: see Psalm 34:19.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-34.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The righteous cry,.... The word "righteous" is not in the original text, but is rightly supplied in our version, as it is in the Targum, and by Jarchi; and so Kimchi and Ben Melech observe, that these words are not to be connected with Psalm 34:16, but with Psalm 34:15; and they are indeed an amplification of the last clause of it; and the cry of the righteous is meant, to which the ears of the Lord are open; though Aben Ezra thinks that these words are to be understood of them that do evil, and of their cry to the Lord, when they turn from their evil ways; but the former sense is best;

and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles; their inward troubles, through the workings of corruption in their hearts; through the violent assaults of Satan, the blasphemous thoughts he injects into them, and his solicitations of them to sin; and through divine desertions, and their outward troubles; through afflictions of body, losses of estate and friends, and the reproaches and persecutions of men; out of all these the Lord sooner or later delivers his people who cry unto him.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-34.html. 1999.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

17.They (700) cried, and Jehovah heard them. The Psalmist’s meaning is, that they are heard as often as they cry. This is a doctrine applicable to all times; and David does not merely relate what God has done once or twice, but what he is accustomed to do. It is also a confirmation of the preceding sentence, where he had said that the ears of the Lord are open to the cry of the righteous; for he now demonstrates by the effect, that God is not deaf when we lay our complaints and groanings before him. By the word cry we are taught, that although God defend the righteous, they are not exempt from adversity. He regulates the protection which he affords them in such a wonderful manner, as that he notwithstanding exercises them by various trials. In like manner, when we here see that deliverance is promised only to those who call upon God, this ought to prove no small encouragement to us to pray to him; for it is not his will that the godly should so regard his providence as to indulge in idleness, but rather that, being firmly persuaded that he is the guardian of their safety, they should direct their prayers and supplications to him.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-34.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 34:17 [The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Ver. 17. The righteous cry, &c.] This is often inculcated for our better assurance; because we are apt to doubt if delayed. See Psalms 34:6.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-34.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Heb. They cry, to wit, the righteous, as is manifest both from the nature of the thing, and from Psalms 34:15, where they are so called, and with which this verse is to be continued, the 16th verse coming in by way of parenthesis, as is very usual in many places of Scripture.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-34.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

One. Septuagint, "daughter." Aquila, "solitary," Greek: monachen. Protestants, "darling," or my soul which is so desolate, Psalm xxi. 21. (Haydock) --- So Christ said, Why hast thou abandoned me? (Matthew xxvii.) not affording me such consolation as other saints enjoy in their agony. (Worthington)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-34.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

cry = have cried.

heareth = hath heard.

delivereth = hath rescued.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-34.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. (The righteous) cry - answering to Psalms 34:15, "his ears are open unto their cry" - i:e., the cry of "the righteous" spoken of in the first clause.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-34.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
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 tzâäkoo, "they cry:"--tzâäkoo tazddeekim, "the righteous cry."
cry
6,15,19; 91:15; 145:18-20; 2 Chronicles 32:20,21,24; Isaiah 65:24; Acts 12:5-11

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-34.html.

Ver. 17. They cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their trouble. The subject, the righteous, is to be supplied from Psalms 34:15. This is less harsh than might be supposed: as the author, according to the announcement in Psalms 34:11, has to do only with those who fear God, what concerns the ungodly comes into notice only as the shade which is intended to relieve the light.. Thus in the (Psalms 34:15) 15th and (Psalms 34:16) 16th verses: "The eyes of the Lord, etc.; while His face, etc."


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Hengstenberg, Ernst. "Commentary on Psalms 34:17". Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/psalms-34.html.

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