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Psalm 16

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David, in distrust of merits, and hatred of idolatry, flees to God for preservation.

A Poem by David.

16:1 Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.

16:2 My soul, you have said to Yahweh,

“You are my Lord.
Apart from you I have no good thing.”

16:3 As for the saints who are in the earth,
they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.

16:4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god.
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
nor take their names on my lips.

He shews the hope of his calling, of the resurrection, and life everlasting.

16:5 Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup.
You made my lot secure.

16:6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.
Yes, I have a good inheritance.

16:7 I will bless Yahweh, who has given me counsel.
Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.

16:8 I have set Yahweh always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.
My body shall also dwell in safety.

16:10 For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,
neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.

16:11 You will show me the path of life.
In your presence is fullness of joy.
In your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

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