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Psalms 16:5

    Psalms 16:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you maintain my lot.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The Lord is my heritage and the wine of my cup; you are the supporter of my right.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup. You made my lot secure.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Psalms 16:5

    Lot - Portion; destiny; fate.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 16:5

    The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance - The Messiah speaks. Jehovah is the portion of mine inheritance; I seek no earthly good; I desire to do the will of God, and that only. It is God who has given me this lot - to redeem mankind - to have them for mine inheritance. From him I have received the cup of suffering, which I shall drink for their sake, through which I shall impart to them the cup of consolation. He, by the grace of God, has tasted death for every man; and he has instituted the cup of blessing to commemorate his passion and death.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 16:5

    The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance - In contradistinction from idols. The margin here is, "of my part." The word properly means "lot, portion, part;" and is applicable to the portion of booty or plunder that fell to anyone; or to the portion of land that belonged to anyone in the division of an estate, 2 Kings 9:10, 2 Kings 9:36-37. The meaning here is, that Yahweh was the being whom the psalmist worshipped as God, and that he sought no possession or comfort which did not proceed from him.

    And my cup - The allusion here is to what we drink; and hence, the term is used in the sense of "lot" or "portion." See the notes at Isaiah 51:17. Compare the notes at Psalm 11:6. The idea here is this: "The cup that I drink - that cheers, refreshes, and sustains me - is the Lord. I find comfort, refreshment, happiness, in him alone; not in the intoxicating bowl; not in sensual joys; but in God - in his being, perfections, friendship."

    Thou maintainest my lot - Thou dost defend my portion, or that which is allotted to me. The reference is to what he specifies in the following verse as his inheritance, and he says that that which was so valuable to him was sustained or preserved by God. He was the portion of his soul; he was the source of all his joy; he maintained or preserved all that was dear to his heart.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 16:5

    16:5 The Lord - I rejoice in God as my portion, and desire no better, no other felicity. Cup - The portion which is put into my cup, as the ancient manner was in feasts, where each had his portion of meat, and of wine allotted to him. Lot - My inheritance divided to me by lot, as the custom then was.