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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book I
 
XVI
 
Jehovah the Psalmist’s Portion in Life and Deliverer in Death
 
 
Michtam of David.
 
 
[1]  PRESERVE me, O God; for in thee do I take refuge.
[2]  O my soul, thou hast said unto Jehovah, Thou art my 1 Lord:
I have no good beyond thee.
[3]  As 2 for the saints that are in the earth,
They 3 are the excellent in whom is all my delight.
[4]  Their sorrows shall be multiplied that give gifts for another god:
Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer,
Nor take their names upon my lips.
[5]  Jehovah 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 Jehovah, who hath given me counsel;
Yea, my heart 4 instructeth me in the night seasons.
[8]  I have set Jehovah 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 dwell in 5 safety.
[10]  For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol;
Neither wilt thou suffer thy holy 6 one to see corruption. 7
[11]  Thou wilt show me the path of life:
In thy presence is fulness of joy;
In thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
 
Note 1. Or, the Lord. [back]
Note 2. Or, Unto. [back]
Note 3. Or, And the excellent … delight: Their &c. [back]
Note 4. Heb. reins. [back]
Note 5. Or, confidently. [back]
Note 6. Or, godly.Or, beloved. Another reading is, holy ones. [back]
Note 7. Or, the pit. [back]
 

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