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Psalm 16

The Presence of the LORD
(Acts 2:14–36)

A Miktam a of David.

1Preserve me, O God,

for in You I take refuge.

2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

apart from You I have no good thing.”

3 As for the saints in the land,

they are the excellence

in whom all my delight resides.

4 Sorrows will multiply

to those who chase other gods.

I will not pour out their libations of blood,

or speak their names with my lips.

5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;

You have made my lot secure.

6 The lines of my boundary have fallen in pleasant places;

surely my inheritance is delightful.

7 I will bless the LORD who counsels me;

even at night my conscience instructs me. b 

8 I have set c the LORD always before me.

Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

my body also will dwell securely. d 

10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol,

nor will You let Your Holy One see decay. e 

11 You have made known to me the path of life;

You will fill me with joy in Your presence, f 

with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.



1 a Miktam is probably a musical or liturgical term; used for Psalm 16 and Psalms 56–60.
7 b Or my heart instructs me ; Hebrew my kidneys instruct me
8 c LXX I foresaw
9 d LXX will dwell in hope
10 e Cited in Acts 13:35
11 f Cited in Acts 2:25–28

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