Psalms 16

Psalm 161

A prayer2 of David.

16:1 Protect me, O God, for I have taken shelter in you.3

16:2 I say to the Lord, “You are the Lord,

my only source of well-being.”4

16:3 As for God’s chosen people who are in the land,

and the leading officials I admired so much5

16:4 their troubles multiply,

they desire other gods.6

I will not pour out drink offerings of blood to their gods,7

nor will I make vows in the name of their gods.8

16:5 Lord, you give me stability and prosperity;9

you make my future secure.10

16:6 It is as if I have been given fertile fields

or received a beautiful tract of land.11

16:7 I will praise12 the Lord who13 guides14 me;

yes, during the night I reflect and learn.15

16:8 I constantly trust in the Lord;16

because he is at my right hand, I will not be upended.

16:9 So my heart rejoices

and I am happy;17

My life is safe.18

16:10 You will not abandon me19 to Sheol;20

you will not allow your faithful follower21 to see22 the Pit.23

16:11 You lead me in24 the path of life;25

I experience absolute joy in your presence;26

you always give me sheer delight.27

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