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Psalm 16American Standard Version (ASV)

Jehovah the psalmist’s portion in life and deliverer in death.

Michtam of David.

16 Preserve me, O God; for in thee do I take refuge.
O my soul, thou hast said unto Jehovah, Thou art [a]my Lord:
I have no good beyond thee.
[b]As for the saints that are in the earth,
[c]They are the excellent in whom is all my delight.
Their sorrows shall be multiplied that give gifts for another god:
Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer,
Nor take their names upon my lips.
Jehovah is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup:
Thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
Yea, I have a goodly heritage.
I will bless Jehovah, who hath given me counsel;
Yea, my [d]heart instructeth me in the night seasons.
I have set Jehovah always before me:
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
My flesh also shall dwell [e]in safety.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol;
Neither wilt thou suffer thy [f]holy one to see [g]corruption.
11 Thou wilt show me the path of life:
In thy presence is fulness of joy;
In thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.


  1. Psalm 16:2 Or, the Lord
  2. Psalm 16:3 Or, Unto
  3. Psalm 16:3 Or, And the excellent . . . delight; Their etc.
  4. Psalm 16:7 Hebrew reins.
  5. Psalm 16:9 Or, confidently
  6. Psalm 16:10 Or, godly. Or, beloved. Another reading is, holy ones
  7. Psalm 16:10 Or, the pit

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