Psalms 16:6

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Psalms 16:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
ESV
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
NLT
6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!
MSG
6 You set me up with a house and yard. And then you made me your heir!
CSB
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

Psalms 16:6 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 16:6

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant [places]
The allusion is to the measuring of land by lines, and appropriating each part to the proper owners; and lines design the land that is measured out by them, and here the church and people of God, the chosen ones who are given to Christ, as his portion and inheritance; and the sense is, that Christ's portion lies among or in pleasant persons; such as were so to him, as he saw them in his Father's purposes and decrees; and as they are clothed in his righteousness, and washed in his blood; and as they are adorned with the graces of his Spirit; and as they will be as a bride adorned for him in the New Jerusalem state, for rather persons than places are here meant: though as the bounds of the saints' habitations are set, and they are known to Christ, so they were pleasant to him, and he took delight and rejoiced in the very spots of ground where he knew they would dwell, ( Proverbs 8:31 ) ; and the word "places" is supplied by Aben Ezra and Kimchi: but the former sense seems best, and agrees with what follows;

yea, I have a goodly heritage:
so the Lord's people are called, ( 1 Peter 5:3 ) ; these are Christ's heritage, his peculiar treasure, his jewels, with whom he is greatly delighted and well pleased; more than men are with their gold and silver, houses and land, and their greatest wealth and substance: these persons are the inheritance with which he is contented and fully satisfied.

Psalms 16:6 In-Context

4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips.
5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 19:14; Psalms 104:9; Proverbs 8:29; Jeremiah 5:22
  • 2. S Job 22:26; Psalms 78:55; Jeremiah 3:19