Psalm 16
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The LORD, the Psalmist’s Portion in Life and Salvation in Death.

A [a]Mikhtam of David.

1Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You.

2[b]I said to the LORD, “You are [c]my Lord;

I have nothing good besides You.”

3As for the [d]saints who are on the earth,

[e]They are the majestic ones; all my delight is in them.

4[f]The pains of those who have acquired another god will be multiplied;

I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood,

Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

5The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;

You support my lot.

6The measuring lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

Indeed, my inheritance is beautiful to me.

7I will bless the LORD who has advised me;

Indeed, my [g]mind instructs me in the night.

8I have set the LORD continually before me;

Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;

My flesh also will dwell securely.

10For You will not abandon my soul to [h]Sheol;

You will not [i]allow Your [j]Holy One to [k]undergo decay.

11You will make known to me the way of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

[a] PSALM 16Title Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
[b] 2 Or O my soul, you said
[c] 2 Or the Lord
[d] 3 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
[e] 3 Lit They, even the
[f] 4 Lit Their pains, they who acquired
[g] 7 Lit kidneys, figurative for inner man
[h] 10 I.e., the netherworld
[i] 10 Lit give
[j] 10 Or godly one
[k] 10 Or see corruption; or the pit

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