Psalm 16

Hope and victory for the faithful
In this psalm David addresses God and expresses faith in everlasting life.
.1 ¶ <<Michtam of David.>> Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
 2  O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
 3  But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
 4  Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
  1 - Michtam Meaning unknown.
  2 - The phrase, "O my soul" is not in the original but inserted to satisfy the Hebrew grammar. Some manuscripts have a different word for "thou" so that the text may read simply, "I said to the Lord."
  4 - Sorrows multiplied Contrast with v11.
.5  The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
 6  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
 7  I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
  5 - Lord  ... portion Compare ps119057.
  7 - Reins Literally "kidneys" here meaning the seat of the emotions.
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.8 ¶ I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
 9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

  8 - Peter in ac0225 and Paul in ac1335 interpret v8 and v8-v10 as about Christ.
  8 - Always before me David sensed the constant presence of the Lord and so may we. Compare Enoch ge0524.
  8 - Right hand David considered the Lord as his strength, counselor, and protector ps11005.
  9 - Heart is glad Gladness and rejoicing are a natural result of the attitude of verse 8.
.10  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell [Sheol, the grave]; neither wilt thou suffer [let] thine Holy One to see corruption.   Leave Hebrew 'azab, literally "abandon."
  Not leave my soul David wrote under inspiration as did all the Bible authors. In this verse he writes of his own "soul" or self. See how "soul" (Heb. nephesh) is used in jb1902, ps00302, ps03513, is4201, je0431. David knew there would be a resurrection at the coming of Christ. Then he would live again ac0229ff.
  Suffer [allow] thine Holy One The psalm is addressed to God v1. Who is His "holy one"? The Messiah. ps07122, jn0316. "Holy one" may also indicate a person committed to God ps03004, ps05005, ps07902. David represents Christ.
  Corruption From sachath
which is also translated "pit," "ditch," or "destruction." Or by extention, "decay." jb3318, jb0931, ps05523.
.11  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.   Shew me the path The path is in conformity to the principles of happiness outlined in the law.
  Fulness of joy The way of the Lord is peace and joy even in time of oppression ph0407.


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