Psalm 16

You Will Not Abandon My Soul

A Miktam 1 of David.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I i take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord;
j I have no good apart from you."

3 As for k the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight. 2

4 The sorrows of those who run after 3 another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or l take their names on my lips.

5 The Lord is m my chosen portion and my n cup;
you hold my o lot.
6 p The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

7 I bless the Lord who q gives me counsel;
in r the night also my s heart instructs me. 4
8 t I have u set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my v right hand, I shall not be w shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my x whole being 5 rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to y Sheol,
z or let your a holy one see b corruption. 6

11 You make known to me c the path of life;
in your presence there is d fullness of joy;
at your right hand are e pleasures forevermore.

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 56:1
    Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me.
    Psalms 57:1
    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
    Psalms 60:1
    O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; you have been angry; oh, restore us.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 11:1
    In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee like a bird to your mountain.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 73:25
    Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 19:6
    And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.
    Deuteronomy 7:6
    For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
  5. Cross References
    Exodus 23:13
    Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.
    Joshua 23:7
    That you may not mix with these nations remaining among you or make mention of the names of their gods or swear by them or serve them or bow down to them.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 73:26
    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the ...
    Psalms 119:57
    The Lord is my portion; I promise to keep your ...
    Psalms 142:5
    I cry to you, O Lord ; I say, "You are my refug...
    Numbers 18:20
    And the Lord said to Aaron, "You shall have no ...
    Lamentations 3:24
    "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "theref...
    Deuteronomy 32:9
    But the Lord 's portion is his people, Jacob hi...
    Jeremiah 10:16
    Not like these is he who is the portion of Jaco...
    Jeremiah 51:19
    Not like these is he who is the portion of Jaco...
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 23:5
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
    Psalms 116:13
    I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 125:3
    For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.
  9. Cross References
    Micah 2:5
    Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the Lord.
  10. Cross References
    1 Samuel 23:9 - 12
    David knew that Saul was plotting harm against him. And he said to Abiathar the priest, "Bring the ephod here.
    2 Samuel 5:18 - 19
    Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 17:3
    You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
    Psalms 42:8
    By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 7:9
    Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous - you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!
  13. Cross References
    Acts 2:25 - 28
    For David says concerning him, "'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 119:30
    I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 109:31
    For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.
    Psalms 110:5
    The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
    Psalms 121:5
    The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 10:6
    He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.
    Psalms 15:5
    Who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 30:12
    That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!
    Psalms 57:8
    Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
    Psalms 108:1
    My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!
    Genesis 49:6
    Let my soul come not into their council; O my glory, be not joined to their company. For in their anger they killed men, and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen.
  18. Cross References
    Job 21:13
    They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol.
  19. Cross References
    Acts 13:35
    Therefore he says also in another psalm, "'You will not let your Holy One see corruption.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 89:18
    For our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
    Mark 1:24
    "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are - the Holy One of God."
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 49:9
    That he should live on forever and never see the pit.
    Psalms 103:4
    Who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.
  22. Cross References
    Matthew 7:14
    For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 21:6
    For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 36:8
    They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
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