16 Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You. 2 [b]I said to the Lord, “You are [c]my Lord; I have no good besides You.” 3 As for the [d]saints who are in the earth, [e]They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. 4 The [f]sorrows of those who have [g]bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. 6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my [h]mind instructs me in the night. 8 I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely. 10 For You will not abandon my soul to [i]Sheol; Nor will You [j]allow Your [k]Holy One to [l]undergo decay. 11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalm 16:1Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, [a]set to Alamoth. A Song.
46 God is our refuge and strength, [b]A very present help in [c]trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the [d]sea; 3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. [e]Selah.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her [f]when morning dawns. 6 The [g]nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He [h]raised His voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, [i]Who has wrought desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire. 10 “[j]Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the [k]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song.
76 God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel. 2 His [a]tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion. 3 There He broke the [b]flaming arrows, The shield and the sword and the [c]weapons of war. [d]Selah.
4 You are resplendent, [e]More majestic than the mountains of prey. 5 The stouthearted were plundered, [f]They sank into sleep; And none of the [g]warriors could use his hands. 6 At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both [h]rider and horse were cast into a dead sleep. 7 You, even You, are to be feared; And who may stand in Your presence when once [i]You are angry?
8 You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; The earth feared and was still 9 When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah. 10 For the [j]wrath of man shall praise You; With a remnant of wrath You will gird Yourself.
11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; Let all who are around Him bring gifts to Him who is to be feared. 12 He will cut off the spirit of princes; He is [k]feared by the kings of the earth.
Israel’s Rebelliousness and the Lord’s Deliverances.
106 [a]Praise [b]the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2 Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord, Or can show forth all His praise? 3 How blessed are those who keep [c]justice, [d]Who practice righteousness at all times!
4 Remember me, O Lord, in Yourfavor [e]toward Your people; Visit me with Your salvation, 5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones, That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, That I may glory with Your [f]inheritance.
6 We have sinned [g]like our fathers, We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly. 7 Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your [h]wonders; They did not remember [i]Your abundant kindnesses, But rebelled by the sea, at the [j]Red Sea. 8 Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name, That He might make His power known. 9 Thus He rebuked the [k]Red Sea and it dried up, And He led them through the deeps, as through the wilderness. 10 So He saved them from the [l]hand of the one who hated them, And redeemed them from the [m]hand of the enemy. 11 The waters covered their adversaries; Not one of them was left. 12 Then they believed His words; They sang His praise.
13 They quickly forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, 14 But craved intensely in the wilderness, And [n]tempted God in the desert. 15 So He gave them their request, But sent a [o]wasting disease among them.
16 When they became envious of Moses in the camp, And of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord, 17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, And engulfed the [p]company of Abiram. 18 And a fire blazed up in their [q]company; The flame consumed the wicked.
19 They made a calf in Horeb And worshiped a molten image. 20 Thus they exchanged their glory For the image of an ox that eats grass. 21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt, 22 [r]Wonders in the land of Ham And awesome things by the [s]Red Sea. 23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them. 24 Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe in His word, 25 But grumbled in their tents; They did not listen to the voice of the Lord. 26 Therefore He [t]swore to them That He would cast them down in the wilderness, 27 And that He would cast their seed among the nations And scatter them in the lands.
28 They joined themselves also to [u]Baal-peor, And ate sacrifices offered to the dead. 29 Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them. 30 Then Phinehas stood up and interposed, And so the plague was stayed. 31 And it was reckoned to him for righteousness, To all generations forever.
32 They also provoked Him to wrath at the waters of [v]Meribah, So that it went hard with Moses on their account; 33 Because they were rebellious against [w]His Spirit, He spoke rashly with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the peoples, As the Lord commanded them, 35 But they mingled with the nations And learned their [x]practices, 36 And served their idols, Which became a snare to them. 37 They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, 38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood. 39 Thus they became unclean in their [y]practices, And played the harlot in their deeds.
40 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against His people And He abhorred His [z]inheritance. 41 Then He gave them into the hand of the [aa]nations, And those who hated them ruled over them. 42 Their enemies also oppressed them, And they were subdued under their [ab]power. 43 Many times He would deliver them; They, however, were rebellious in their counsel, And sosank down in their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless He looked upon their distress When He heard their cry; 45 And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And [ac]relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness. 46 He also made them objects of compassion In the presence of all their captors.
47 Save us, O Lord our God, And gather us from among the nations, To give thanks to Your holy name And [ad]glory in Your praise. 48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, From everlasting even to everlasting. And let all the people say, “Amen.” [ae]Praise [af]the Lord!
136 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 4 To Him who alone does great [a]wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 5 To Him who made the heavens [b]with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 6 To Him who spread out the earth above the waters, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 7 To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: 8 The sun to rule [c]by day, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 9 The moon and stars to rule [d]by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
10 To Him who smote [e]the Egyptians in their firstborn, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 11 And brought Israel out from their midst, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 12 With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 13 To Him who divided the [f]Red Sea [g]asunder, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 15 But He [h]overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the [i]Red Sea, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 17 To Him who smote great kings, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 18 And slew [j]mighty kings, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: 19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 20 And Og, king of Bashan, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 21 And gave their land as a heritage, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 22 Even a heritage to Israel His servant, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
23 Who remembered us in our low estate, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, 24 And has rescued us from our adversaries, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 25 Who gives food to all flesh, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
16 The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the [a]motives. 3 [b]Commit your works to the Lord And your plans will be established. 4 The Lordhas made everything for [c]its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil. 5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. 6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the [d]fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil. 7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice. 9 The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. 10 A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not [e]err in judgment. 11 A just balance and scales belong to the Lord; All the [f]weights of the bag are His [g]concern. 12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved. 14 The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it. 15 In the light of a king’s face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the [h]spring rain. 16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver. 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his [i]life. 18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19 It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. 21 The wise in heart will be called understanding, And sweetness of [j]speech increases [k]persuasiveness. 22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, But the discipline of fools is folly. 23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth And adds [l]persuasiveness to his lips. 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 26 A worker’s appetite works for him, For his [m]hunger urges him on. 27 A worthless man digs up evil, While [n]his words are like scorching fire. 28 A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends. 29 A man of violence entices his neighbor And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; He who compresses his lips brings evil to pass. 31 A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness. 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.
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