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A miktam of David.

16 Protect me, God, because I depend on you.
Some of you[a] have said to the Lord,
    “You are my Lord.
    Every good thing I have comes from you.”
But you have also said about the gods[b] of this land,
    “They are my powerful gods.
    They are the ones who make me happy.”

But those who worship other gods will have many troubles.
    I will not share in the gifts of blood they offer to their idols.
    I will not even say their names.
Lord, you give me all that I need.
    You support me.
    You give me my share.
My share[c] is wonderful.
    My inheritance[d] is very beautiful.
I praise the Lord because he taught me well.
    Even at night he put his instructions deep inside my mind.[e]

I always remember that the Lord is with me.[f]
    He is here, close by my side,
    so nothing can defeat me.
So my heart and soul will be very happy.
    Even my body will live in safety,
10 because you will not leave me in the place of death.
    You will not let your faithful one rot in the grave.
11 You will teach me the right way to live.
    Just being with you will bring complete happiness.
    Being at your right side will make me happy forever.

A prayer of David.[g]

17 Lord, hear my prayer for justice.
    I am calling loudly to you.
I am being honest in what I say,
    so please listen to my prayer.
You will make the right decision,
    because you can see the truth.
You were with me all night
    and looked deep into my heart.
You questioned me and found that
    I did not say or do anything wrong.
Unlike most people, I have obeyed your commands,
    so I have never been like those who are cruel and evil.
I have followed your way.
    My feet never left your path.
Every time I call to you, God, you answer me.
    So listen to me now, and hear what I say.
Show your amazing kindness
    and rescue those who depend on you.
Use your great power
    and protect them from their enemies.
Protect me like the pupil[h] of your eye.
    Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Save me from the wicked people who are trying to destroy me.
Protect me from those who come to hurt me.
10 They think only of themselves
    and brag about what they will do.
11 They have been following me,
    and now they are all around me.
They watch me, waiting to throw me to the ground.
12 Like hungry lions, they want to kill and eat.
    Like young lions, they hide, ready to attack.

13 Lord, get up[i] and face the enemy.
    Make them surrender.
    Use your sword and save me from these wicked people.
14 Use your power, Lord,
    and remove them from this life.
But as for the people you treasure,
    fill them with food.
    Give them plenty for their children and their grandchildren.

15 I have done only what is right, so I will see your face.
    And seeing you,[j] I will be fully satisfied.


  1. Psalm 16:2 Some of you Literally, “you” (singular). Most translations assume it should be “I,” giving a different meaning to verses 2 and 3, which are very difficult in the Hebrew text.
  2. Psalm 16:3 gods Literally, “holy ones.”
  3. Psalm 16:6 share Or “section of land.”
  4. Psalm 16:6 inheritance Here, this probably means the land each Israelite received.
  5. Psalm 16:7 mind Literally, “my kidneys.”
  6. Psalm 16:8 Literally, “I set the Lord before me always.”
  7. Psalm 17:1 Psalm 17 A prayer of David Or “A prayer dedicated to David.”
  8. Psalm 17:8 pupil The center of the eye, which everyone wants to protect.
  9. Psalm 17:13 Lord, get up The people said this when they lifted the Box of the Agreement and took it into battle, showing that God was with them. See Num. 10:35-36.
  10. Psalm 17:15 you Literally, “your likeness.”

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