Psalm 16

Michtam of David.

A. 1 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.

B. a. 5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance
and of my cup:
thou maintainest my lot.

b. 6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.

a’. 7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel:
my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

A’. a. 8 I have set the LORD always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

b. 9 Therefore my heart is glad,
and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.

c. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

b’. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;

a’. at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

2 thoughts on “Psalm 16”

  1. vs 8-11 may be viewed with one additional term:
    Psa. 16:8
    A. I kept the Lord in view always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, that I might not be shaken.
    Psa. 16:9
    B. Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
    C. moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope.
    Psa. 16:10
    D. because you will not abandon my soul to Hades
    D’ nor allow your sanctioned one to see corruption.
    Psa. 16:11
    C’ You made known to me the ways of life;
    B’ you will fill me with gladness in your presence;
    A’ at your right hand are pleasures forever.
    (LXX translation)

  2. Thank you so much for this site! Chiasmus is so helpful in understanding the Word, and yet such a new study. Thanks for providing a site to collect and disseminate potential chiasmus throughout the Word.
    God bless!

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