A mikʹtam* of David. 16 Keep me, O God,* for I have taken refuge in you.+ 2 I have said* to Jehovah: “You are Jehovah;* my goodness is, not for your sake,+ 3 [But] to the holy ones that are in the earth.They, even the majestic ones, are the ones in whom is all my delight.”+ 4 Pains become many to those [who], when there is someone else, do hurry [after him].+I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,+And I shall not carry their names upon my lips.+ 5 Jehovah is the portion of my allotted share+ and of my cup.*+You are holding fast my lot. 6 The measuring lines themselves have fallen for me in pleasant places.+Really, [my own] possession* has proved agreeable to me. 7 I shall bless Jehovah, who has given me advice.+Really, during the nights my kidneys* have corrected me.+ 8 I have placed Jehovah in front of me constantly.+Because [he] is at my right hand, I shall not be made to totter.+ 9 Therefore my heart does rejoice, and my glory* is inclined to be joyful.+Also, my own flesh will reside in security.+ 10 For you will not leave my soul* in Sheʹol.*+You will not allow your loyal one to see the pit.*+ 11 You will cause me to know the path of life.+Rejoicing to satisfaction is with your face;+There is pleasantness at your right hand forever.+
^ Heb., mikh·tamʹ. A suggested meaning was “Psalm of expiation,” KB, p. 523. However, KB3, p. 552, gives the meaning “inscription.” This would indicate that the six psalms (Ps 16, 56–60) with the superscription “miktam” are inscriptions of the numerous episodes described therein.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ “I have said,” LXXSyVg and some Heb. mss; M, “You have said,” addressed to something fem.
^ One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·naiʹ. See App 1B.
^ “Jehovah, you have appointed my share and my cup,” by a correction of M.
^ “My own possession,” LXXSyVg.
^ Or, “my deepest emotions.” Heb., khil·yoh·thaiʹ.
^ “Tongue,” LXXVg.
^ “My soul.” Heb., naph·shiʹ; Gr., psy·khenʹ; Lat., aʹni·mam. See App 4A.
^ “Sheol,” MSy; Gr., haiʹden; Lat., in·ferʹno. See App 4B.
^ “Pit,” M; LXXSyVg, “corruption.”