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The LORD the Psalmist's Portion in Life and Deliverer in Death.

A Mikhtam of David.

1 1Preserve me, O God, for 2I take refuge in You.

References for Psalms 16:1

2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; I 3have no good besides You."

References for Psalms 16:2

    • a 16:2 - Or O my soul, "you said"
    • b 16:2 - Or "the Lord"
      3 As for the 4saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones 5in whom is all my delight.

      References for Psalms 16:3

        • c 16:3 - Lit "holy ones;" i.e. the godly
        • d 16:3 - Lit "And the majestic ones...delight"
          4 The 6sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of 7blood, Nor will I 8take their names upon my lips.

          References for Psalms 16:4

            • e 16:4 - I.e. sorrows due to idolatry
            • f 16:4 - Or "hastened to"
              5 The LORD is the 9portion of my inheritance and my 10cup; You support my 11lot.
              6 The 12lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is 13beautiful to me.

              References for Psalms 16:6

              7 I will bless the LORD who has 14counseled me; Indeed, my 15mind instructs me in the night.

              References for Psalms 16:7

                • g 16:7 - Lit "kidneys," figurative for inner man
                  8 16I have 17set the LORD continually before me; Because He is 18at my right hand, 19I will not be shaken.
                  10 For You 23will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You 24allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

                  References for Psalms 16:10

                    • h 16:10 - I.e. the nether world
                    • i 16:10 - Lit "give"
                    • j 16:10 - Or "godly one"
                    • k 16:10 - Or "see corruption" or "the pit"
                      11 You will make known to me 25the path of life; In 26Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are 27pleasures forever.