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- 1 A miktam of David. 2 Keep me safe, O God; in you I take refuge
- I say to the Lord, you are my Lord, you are my only good.
- Worthless are all the false gods of the land. Accursed are all who delight in them.
- 3 They multiply their sorrows who court other gods. Blood libations to them I will not pour out, nor will I take their names upon my lips.
- LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you have made my destiny secure.
- 4 Pleasant places were measured out for me; fair to me indeed is my inheritance.
- I bless the LORD who counsels me; even at night my heart exhorts me.
- I keep the LORD always before me; with the Lord at my right, I shall never be shaken.
- Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure,
- 5 For you will not abandon me to Sheol, nor let your faithful servant see the pit.
- You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.
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1 [Psalm 16] In the first section, the psalmist rejects the futile worship of false gods (Psalm 16:2-5), preferring Israel's God (Psalm 16:1), the giver of the land (Psalm 16:6). The second section reflects on the wise and life-giving presence of God (Psalm 16:7-11).
2  Miktam: a term occurring six times in psalm superscriptions, always with "David." Its meaning is unknown.
3  Take their names: to use the gods' names in oaths and hence to affirm them as one's own gods.
4  Pleasant places were measured out for me: the psalmist is pleased with the plot of land measured out to the family, which was to be passed on to succeeding generations ("my inheritance").
5  Nor let your faithful servant see the pit: Hebrew shahath means here the pit, a synonym for Sheol, the underworld. The Greek translation derives the word here and elsewhere from the verb shahath, "to be corrupt." On the basis of the Greek, Acts 2:25-32; 13:35-37 apply the verse to Christ's resurrection, "Nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption."
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