Psalm 16:3
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English Standard Version
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

That which is expanded in the tristichic portion of the Psalm, is all contained in this distichic portion in nuce. The address to God is not merely a favourite form (Hupfeld), but the question is really, as its words imply, directed to God. The answer, however, is not therefore to be taken as a direct answer from God, as it might be in a prophetical connection: the psalmist addresses himself to God in prayer, he as it were reads the heart of God, and answers to himself the question just asked, in accordance with the mind of God. גּוּר and שׁכן which are usually distinguished from each other like παροικεῖν and κατοικεῖν in Hellenistic Greek, are alike in meaning in this instance. It is not a merely temporary גּוּר (Psalm 61:5), but for ever, that is intended. The only difference between the two interchangeable notions is this, the one denotes the finding of an abiding place of rest starting from the idea of a wandering life, the other the possession of an abiding place of rest starting from the idea of settled family life.

(Note: In the Arabic jâm ‛lllh is "one under the protection of God, dwelling as it were in the fortress of God" vid., Fleischer's Samachschari, S. 1, Anm. 1.)

The holy tabernacle and the holy mountain are here thought of in their spiritual character as the places of the divine presence and of the church of God assembled round the symbol of it; and accordingly the sojourning and dwelling there is not to be understood literally, but in a spiritual sense. This spiritual depth of view, first of all with local limitations, is also to be found in Psalm 27:4-5; Psalm 61:5. This is present even where the idea of earnestness and regularity in attending the sanctuary rises in intensity to that of constantly dwelling therein, Psalm 65:5; Psalm 84:4-5; while elsewhere, as in Psalm 24:3, the outward materiality of the Old Testament is not exceeded. Thus we see the idea of the sanctuary at one time contracting itself within the Old Testament limits, and at another expanding more in accordance with the spirit of the New Testament; since in this matter, as in the matter of sacrifice, the spirit of the New Testament already shows signs of life, and works powerfully through its cosmical veil, without that veil being as yet rent. The answer to the question, so like the spirit of the New Testament in its intention, is also itself no less New Testament in its character: Not every one who saith Lord, Lord, but they who do the will of God, shall enjoy the rights of friendship with Him. But His will concerns the very substance of the Law, viz., our duties towards all men, and the inward state of the heart towards God.

In the expression הולך תמים (here and in Proverbs 28:18), תמים is either a closer definition of the subject: one walking as an upright man, like הולך רכיל one going about as a slanderer, cf. היּשׂר הולך Micah 2:7 "the upright as one walking;" or it is an accusative of the object, as in הולך צדקות Isaiah 33:15 : one who walks uprightness, i.e., one who makes uprightness his way, his mode of action; since תמים may mean integrum equals integritas, and this is strongly favoured by הלכים בּתמים, which is used interchangeably with it in Psalm 84:12 (those who walk in uprightness). Instead of עשׂה צדקה we have the poetical form of expression פּעל צדק. The characterising of the outward walk and action is followed in Psalm 15:2 by the characterising of the inward nature: speaking truth in his heart, not: with his heart (not merely with his mouth); for in the phrase אמר בּלב, בּ is always the Beth of the place, not of the instrument-the meaning therefore is: it is not falsehood and deceit that he thinks and plans inwardly, but truth (Hitz.). We have three characteristics here: a spotless walk, conduct ordered according to God's will, and a truth-loving mode of thought.

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Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.

Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly...

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name...

the saints

Isaiah 30:4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

2 Chronicles 6:41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into your resting place, you, and the ark of your strength: let your priests, O LORD God...

Acts 9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem:

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

the excellent

Proverbs 12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduces them.

Songs 4:1 Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair; you have doves' eyes within your locks: your hair is as a flock of goats...

Songs 6:1 Where is your beloved gone, O you fairest among women? where is your beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with you.

Songs 7:1 How beautiful are your feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of your thighs are like jewels...

Malachi 3:17 And they shall be mine, said the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them...

in whom

Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear you, and of them that keep your precepts.

Proverbs 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

Proverbs 13:20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Songs 7:10 I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.

Isaiah 62:4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate: but you shall be called Hephzibah...

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it...

1 John 3:14-17 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death...

Cross References
Psalm 101:6
I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me.

Psalm 119:63
I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.

Proverbs 8:31
rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.

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