Psalm 16:3
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New International Version
I say of the holy people who are in the land, "They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight."

New Living Translation
The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!

English Standard Version
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.

New American Standard Bible
As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.

King James Bible
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As for the holy people who are in the land, they are the noble ones. All my delight is in them.

International Standard Version
As for the saints that are in the land, they are noble, and all my delight is in them.

NET Bible
As for God's chosen people who are in the land, and the leading officials I admired so much--

New Heart English Bible
As for the holy ones who are in the land, they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Also for The Holy Ones who are in the Earth, and the glorious in whom is all my pleasure.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who lead holy lives on earth are the noble ones who fill me with joy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As for the holy that are in the earth, They are the excellent in whom is all my delight.

New American Standard 1977
As for the saints who are in the earth,
            They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
to the saints that are in the earth and to the excellent: all my delight is towards them.

King James 2000 Bible
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the noble, in whom is all my delight.

American King James Version
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

American Standard Version
As for the saints that are in the earth, They are the excellent in whom is all my delight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To the saints, who are in his land, he hath made wonderful all my desires in them.

Darby Bible Translation
To the saints that are on the earth, and to the excellent [thou hast said], In them is all my delight.

English Revised Version
As for the saints that are in the earth, they are the excellent in whom is all my delight.

Webster's Bible Translation
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

World English Bible
As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.

Young's Literal Translation
For the holy ones who are in the land, And the honourable, all my delight is in them.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
16:1-11 This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, as must be applied to Christ, and to him only. - David flees to God's protection, with cheerful, believing confidence. Those who have avowed that the Lord is their Lord, should often put themselves in mind of what they have done, take the comfort of it, and live up to it. He devotes himself to the honour of God, in the service of the saints. Saints on earth we must be, or we shall never be saints in heaven. Those renewed by the grace of God, and devoted to the glory of God, are saints on earth. The saints in the earth are excellent ones, yet some of them so poor, that they needed to have David's goodness extended to them. David declares his resolution to have no fellowship with the works of darkness; he repeats the solemn choice he had made of God for his portion and happiness, takes to himself the comfort of the choice, and gives God the glory of it. This is the language of a devout and pious soul. Most take the world for their chief good, and place their happiness in the enjoyments of it; but how poor soever my condition is in this world, let me have the love and favour of God, and be accepted of him; let me have a title by promise to life and happiness in the future state; and I have enough. Heaven is an inheritance; we must take that for our home, our rest, our everlasting good, and look upon this world to be no more ours, than the country through which is our road to our Father's house. Those that have God for their portion, have a goodly heritage. Return unto thy rest, O my soul, and look no further. Gracious persons, though they still covet more of God, never covet more than God; but, being satisfied of his loving-kindness, are abundantly satisfied with it: they envy not any their carnal mirth and delights. But so ignorant and foolish are we, that if left to ourselves, we shall forsake our own mercies for lying vanities. God having given David counsel by his word and Spirit, his own thoughts taught him in the night season, and engaged him by faith to live to God. Verses 8-11, are quoted by St. Peter in his first sermon, after the pouring out of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Ac 2:25-31; he declared that David in them speaks concerning Christ, and particularly of his resurrection. And Christ being the Head of the body, the church, these verses may be applied to all Christians, guided and animated by the Spirit of Christ; and we may hence learn, that it is our wisdom and duty to set the Lord always before us. And if our eyes are ever toward God, our hearts and tongues may ever rejoice in him. Death destroys the hope of man, but not the hope of a real Christian. Christ's resurrection is an earnest of the believer's resurrection. In this world sorrow is our lot, but in heaven there is joy, a fulness of joy; our pleasures here are for a moment, but those at God's right hand are pleasures for evermore. Through this thy beloved Son, and our dear Saviour, thou wilt show us, O Lord, the path of life; thou wilt justify our souls now, and raise our bodies by thy power at the last day; when earthly sorrow shall end in heavenly joy, pain in everlasting happiness.
Study Bible
You will not Abandon Me to the Grave
2I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; I have no good besides You." 3As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. 4The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied; I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood, Nor will I take their names upon my lips.…
Cross References
Psalm 101:6
My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me.

Psalm 119:63
I am a companion of all those who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.

Proverbs 8:31
Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men.
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