Psalm 16
Contemporary English Version

(A special psalm by David.)

The Best Choice

1Protect me, Lord God!

I run to you for safety,

2and I have said,

“Only you are my Lord!

Every good thing I have

is a gift from you.”

3Your people are wonderful,

and they make me happy,+

4but worshipers of other gods

will have much sorrow.+

I refuse to offer sacrifices

of blood to those gods

or worship in their name.

5You, Lord, are all I want!

You are my choice,

and you keep me safe.

6You make my life pleasant,

and my future is bright.

7I praise you, Lord,

for being my guide.

Even in the darkest night,

your teachings fill my mind.

8 I will always look to you,

as you stand beside me

and protect me from fear.

9With all my heart,

I will celebrate,

and I can safely rest.

10 I am your chosen one.

You won't leave me in the grave

or let my body decay.

11You have shown me

the path to life,

and you make me glad

by being near to me.

Sitting at your right side,+

I will always be joyful.


16.3 Your people … happy: Or “I was happy worshiping gods I thought were powerful.”
16.4 but … sorrow: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
16.11 right side: The place of power and honor.

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