Psalm 16

Refrain:    The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

1    Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge;  

I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord,

all my good depends on you.’

2    All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,  

upon those who are noble in heart.

3    Though the idols are legion that many run after,  

their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,

neither make mention of their names upon my lips.

4    The Lord himself is my portion and my cup;  

in your hands alone is my fortune.

5    My share has fallen in a fair land;  

indeed, I have a goodly heritage. [R]

6    I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel,  

and in the night watches he instructs my heart.

7    I have set the Lord always before me;  

he is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

8    Wherefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices;  

my flesh also shall rest secure.

9    For you will not abandon my soul to Death,  

nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.

10  You will show me the path of life;

in your presence is the fullness of joy  

and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Refrain:    The Lord is at my right hand; I shall not fall.

Give to us, Lord Christ,

the fullness of grace,

your presence and your very self,

for you are our portion and our delight,

now and for ever.


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