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Psalms 34:8

    Psalms 34:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Oh taste and see that Jehovah is good: Blessed is the man that taketh refuge in him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    By experience you will see that the Lord is good; happy is the man who has faith in him.

    Webster's Revision

    Oh taste and see that Jehovah is good: Blessed is the man that taketh refuge in him.

    World English Bible

    Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

    Definitions for Psalms 34:8

    Blessed - Happy.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 34:8

    O taste and see that the Lord is good - Apply to him by faith and prayer; plead his promises, he will fulfill them; and you shall know in consequence, that the Lord is good. God has put it in the power of every man to know whether the religion of the Bible be true or false. The promises relative to enjoyments in this life are the grand tests of Divine revelation. These must be fulfilled to all them who with deep repentance and true faith turn unto the Lord, if the revelation which contains them be of God. Let any man in this spirit approach his Maker, and plead the promises that are suited to his case, and he will soon know whether the doctrine be of God. He shall taste, and then see, that the Lord is good, and that the man is blessed who trusts in him. This is what is called experimental religion; the living, operative knowledge that a true believer has that he is passed from death unto life; that his sins are forgiven him for Christ's sake, the Spirit himself bearing witness with his spirit that he is a child of God. And, as long as he is faithful, he carries about with him the testimony of the Holy Ghost; and he knows that he is of God, by the Spirit which God has given him.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 34:8

    O taste and see - This is an address to others, founded on the experience of the psalmist. He had found protection from the Lord; he had had evidence of His goodness; and he asks now of others that they would make the same trial which he had made. It is the language of piety in view of personal experience; and it is such language as a young convert, whose heart is filled with joy as hope first dawns on his soul, would address to his companions and friends, and to all the world around; such language as one who has had any special comfort, or who has experienced any special deliverance from temptation or from trouble, would address to others. Lessons, derived from our own experience, we may properly recommend to others; the evidence which has been furnished us that God is good, we may properly employ in persuading others to come and taste his love. The word "taste" here - טעם ṭâ‛am - means properly to try the flavor of anything, Job 12:11; to eat a little so as to ascertain what a thing is, 1 Samuel 14:24, 1 Samuel 14:29, 1 Samuel 14:43; Jonah 3:7; and then to perceive by the mind, to try, to experience, Proverbs 31:18.

    It is used here in the sense of making a trial of, or testing by experience. The idea is, that by putting trust in God - by testing the comforts of religion - one would so thoroughly see or perceive the blessings of it - would have so much happiness in it - that he would be led to seek his happiness there altogether. In other words, if we could but get men to make a trial of religion; to enter upon it so as really to understand and experience it, we may be certain that they would have the same appreciation of it which we have, and that they would engage truly in the service of God. If those who are in danger would look to him; if sinners would believe in him; if the afflicted would seek him; if the wretched would cast their cares on him; if they who have sought in vain for happiness in the world, would seek happiness in him - they would, one and all, so surely find what they need that they would renounce all else, and put their trust alone in God. Of this the psalmist was certain; of this all are sure who have sought for happiness in religion and in God.

    "Oh make but trial of His love;

    Experience will decide

    How bless'd are they - and only they -

    Who in His truth confide."

    Blessed is the man that trusteth in him - Compare the notes at Psalm 2:12.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 34:8

    34:8 O taste - Make trial, of it by your own experience of it. Good - Merciful and gracious.

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