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Psalms 34:10

    Psalms 34:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger; But they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good thing.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The young lions are in need and have no food; but those who are looking to the Lord will have every good thing.

    Webster's Revision

    The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger; But they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good thing.

    World English Bible

    The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but those who seek Yahweh shall not lack any good thing.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 34:10

    The young lions do lack - Instead of כפירים kephirim, the young lions, one of Kennicott's MSS. has כבירים cabbirim, "powerful men." The Vulgate, Septuagint, Ethiopic, Syriac, Arabic, and Anglo-Saxon have the same reading. Houbigant approves of this; and indeed the sense and connection seem to require it. My old Psalter reads: - The Ryche had nede; and thai hungerd: but sekand Lard sal noght be lessed of alle gode. That es, says the paraphrase, with outen lessyng thai sal have God; that es alle gode; for in God is al gode.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 34:10

    The young lions do lack and suffer hunger - That is, they often do it, as compared with the friends of God. The allusion is especially to the "young" lions who are not able to go forth themselves in search of food. Perhaps the idea is, that they are dependent on the older lions - their parents - for the supply of their needs, as the pious are dependent on God; but that the result shows their reliance to be often vain, while that of the pious never is. The old lions may be unable to procure food for their young; God is never unable to provide for the wants of his children. If their needs are in any case unsupplied, it is for some other reason than because God is unable to meet their necessities. The word "lack" here - רושׁ rûsh - means to be poor; to suffer want; to be needy: Proverbs 14:20; Proverbs 18:23.

    But they that seek the Lord - That seek Him as their Friend; that seek His favor; that seek what they need from Him. "To seek God" is a phrase which is often used to denote true piety. It means that we wish to know Him; that we desire His friendship; and that we seek all our blessings from Him.

    Shall not want any good thing - Any real good. God is able to supply every need; and if anything is withheld, it is always certain that it is not because God could not confer it, but because He sees some good reasons why it should not be conferred. The real good; what we need most; what will most benefit us - will be bestowed on us; and universally it may be said of all the children of God that everything in this world and the next will be granted that is really for their good. They themselves are often not the best judges of what will be for their good; but God is an infallible Judge in this matter, and He will certainly bestow what is best for them.