PSALM 34:18

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted”



This verse says “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” in the New International Version (NIV). So if we are experiencing hard times God is there for us, ready to bring us back from our difficulties.

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“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”

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Psalm 34:18 Translation & Meaning

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The Lord יְ֭הוָה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
nigh קָר֣וֹב Near (in place, kindred or time) nigh
unto them that are of a broken לְנִשְׁבְּרֵי To burst (literally or figuratively) are broken
heart; לֵ֑ב The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything heart
and saveth יוֹשִֽׁיעַ׃ Properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e., (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor saveth
such as be of a contrite דַּכְּאֵי Crushed (literally powder, or figuratively, contrite) such contrite
spirit. ר֥וּחַ Wind; by resemblance breath, i.e., a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions) spirit

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  • 16  The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

  • 17  The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

  • 18  The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

  • 19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

  • 20  He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

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