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Psalm 16 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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You Will Not Abandon My Soul

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:1 - A Miktam[fn] of David.
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:2 - I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:3 - As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:4 - The sorrows of those who run after[fn] another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:5 - The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:6 - The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:7 - I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:8 - I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:9 - Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[fn] rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:10 - For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:11 - You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
ESV Footnotes
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Or To the saints in the land, the excellent in whom is all my delight, I say:
Or who acquire
Hebrew my kidneys instruct me
Hebrew my glory
Or see the pit

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