Psalm 16 English Standard Version

A Goodly Heritage

16 1  Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2  I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you." 3  As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.[1] 4  The sorrows of those who run after[2] another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. 5  The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 6  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7  I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.[3]

8  I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[4] rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10  For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.[5] 11  You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Footnotes

[1] 16:3 Or To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:

[2] 16:4 Or who acquire

[3] 16:7 Hebrew my kidneys instruct me

[4] 16:9 Hebrew my glory

[5] 16:10 Or see the pit

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