New English Translation
A prayer of David.
1 Protect me, O God, for I have taken shelter in you.
2 I say to the LORD, "You are the LORD, my only source of well-being."
3 As for God's chosen people who are in the land, and the leading officials I admired so much -
4 their troubles multiply, they desire other gods. I will not pour out drink offerings of blood to their gods, nor will I make vows in the name of their gods.
5 LORD, you give me stability and prosperity; you make my future secure.
6 It is as if I have been given fertile fields or received a beautiful tract of land.
7 I will praise the LORD who guides me; yes, during the night I reflect and learn.
8 I constantly trust in the LORD; because he is at my right hand, I will not be upended.
9 So my heart rejoices and I am happy; My life is safe.
10 You will not abandon me to Sheol; you will not allow your faithful follower to see the Pit.
11 You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me sheer delight.
King James Version
Michtam of David.
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.
5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.