Psalm 16

1 Preserve me, O God; for in thee do I take refuge.

1, 2. The Lord’s trust in himself P. P.

2 O my soul, thou hast said unto Jehovah, Thou art my
I have no good beyond thee.
3 As for the saints that are in the earth,
They are the excellent in whom is all my delight.

3-5. for delivering the good, whom the evil infest. P. P.
4 Drink-offerings are also predicated of blood, and by them are signified the profanations of truth, for blood in
that sense is violence offered to charity, and profanation. A. 4581.

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.

That the truths and goods of worship are signified by wine, oil, fine flour and wheat is because the drink-offerings and meat-offerings consisted of them, which were offered upon the altar together with the sacrifices, and by the sacrifices, and by the offerings offered upon the altar worship is signified, for the chief part of worship consisted in them. R. 778 –

5 Jehovah is the portion of mine inheritance and of my
Thou maintainest my lot.

5 See Psalm xi. 6. R. 672.
Vessels have “a similar signification with the things contained in them. E. 960.

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

6 In the other life there appear ropes of various twist and thickness, and by them are represented various modes of conjunction. Moreover ropes in the Word also signify portions of inheritance and of land, since by ropes were made measurements. A. 9854.

7 I will bless Jehovah, who hath given me counsel;
Yea, my heart instructeth me in the night seasons.

6-8. His is the Divine and Divine power. P. P.

7 See Psalm vii. 10. Add: that chastening is attributed to the reins is clear. A. 5385.
By blessing God, is meant to ascribe to Him all blessing, also by praying that He would bless, and by giving thanks because He has blessed. R. 289.
Night seasons signify the state of man when falsities rise up. The combat in such cases of truths with falsities is signified by “my reins instruct me.” E. 167.

8 I have set Jehovah always before me:
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

8 By the right hand are signified omnipotence and omniscience pertaining to the Lord from Divine good by Divine truth. E. 298.

8-10. His Human glorified will rise again. P. P.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
My flesh also shall dwell in safety.

9 Flesh also signifies good in many other passages in the Word. See Ezekiel xi. 19; xxxvi. 26: Psalms lxiii. 1, etc. R. 832.

10 For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol;
Neither wilt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption.
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.

10 The soul signifies the life of the spirit of man, which is called his spiritual life. E. 750.
That Jesus would rise from the dead according to the prediction in David. D. P., Page 38

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)