Psalm 34:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 34:7, NIV: "The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them."

Psalm 34:7, ESV: "The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them."

Psalm 34:7, KJV: "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."

Psalm 34:7, NASB: "The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them."

Psalm 34:7, NLT: "For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him."

Psalm 34:7, CSB: "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and rescues them."

What does Psalm 34:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David notes that the angel of the Lord is present with those who fear God, and He delivers them. This use of the word translated "fear" implies deep respect and reverence, not terror. This statement is David's personal testimony.

"The" Angel of the Lord in Old Testament times was the preincarnate Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity. When Jacob camped at Mahanaim and feared for his life, "the angels of God met him" (Genesis 32:1). When Elisha was threatened at Dothan by a vast Syrian military force, he did not fear because a powerful angelic host lined the mountain outside the city to protect him (2 Kings 6:15–17).

Today, Jesus is always with us (Matthew 28:20), and no amount of trouble we encounter can drive him from us (Romans 8:38–39). Further, angels are God's servants who minister to us in various ways (Hebrews 1:14). We may not be aware of their presence, but we can be aware of the protection they provide.