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Psalm 16:10 & meaning...


will not leave my soul in Sheol, neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption. You will show me the path of life.

Psalm 16:10


Psalm 16 [1.] Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.

My soul, you have said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord.

    Apart from you I have no good thing.”

As for the saints who are in the earth,

    they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god.

    Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,

    nor take their names on my lips.

Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup.

    You made my lot secure.

The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.

    Yes, I have a good inheritance.

I will bless Yahweh, who has given me counsel.

    Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.

I have set Yahweh always before me.

    Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.

    My body shall also dwell in safety.

Psalm 16 [10.] For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,

    neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.

You will show me the path of life.

    In your presence is fullness of joy.

In your right hand there are pleasures forever more.


  • Trust in God's Protection:

Confidence in God: Psalm 16 is a psalm of trust and thanksgiving, where David expresses his unwavering confidence in God's protection and provision. Verse 10 is a climactic affirmation of this trust, asserting that God will not abandon him to the realm of the dead (Sheol) nor allow His "holy one" to undergo decay.

  • Sheol and Corruption:

Sheol: In Hebrew thought, Sheol is the abode of the dead, a place of darkness and silence. It is often depicted as a pit or grave where souls reside after death.

Corruption: The term "corruption" refers to the decay and disintegration that occurs after death. David’s declaration that God will not let His holy one see corruption speaks to his belief in God's power over life and death.

Messianic Implications

  • Prophetic Dimension:

Foreshadowing Christ: Early Christians and New Testament writers saw in this verse a prophetic reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Peter, in his sermon on the day of Pentecost, cites Psalm 16:10 to argue that David was speaking prophetically about the Messiah (Acts 2:25-31). Paul also references this verse in his speech at Antioch to emphasize the resurrection (Acts 13:35-37).

  • Jesus as the Holy One:

Resurrection: The "holy one" who would not see corruption is understood to be Jesus, whose body did not undergo decay because He was raised from the dead on the third day. This event is central to Christian faith, demonstrating Jesus’ victory over death and His divine nature.

Theological Significance

  • Hope of Resurrection:

Assurance for Believers: This verse gives believers hope in the resurrection and eternal life. It reassures us that, just as God did not abandon Jesus to the grave, He will not abandon those who trust in Him. The resurrection of Jesus is a promise of our own future resurrection and eternal life with God.

  • God’s Faithfulness:

Covenant Loyalty: The confidence expressed in Psalm 16:10 reflects God's covenant faithfulness. David trusts that God will be true to His promises and protect him, even from death. This trust is rooted in a deep relationship with God, characterized by faithfulness and loyalty.

Applications for Our Lives

  • Trust in God's Deliverance:

Personal Confidence: Like David, we can place our confidence in God’s protection and deliverance. In times of fear or uncertainty about death and the afterlife, this verse reminds us of God's power and faithfulness.

Overcoming Fear: The assurance that God will not abandon us to the grave helps us to live without the fear of death. It encourages us to live fully and faithfully, knowing that our ultimate destiny is secure in God’s hands.

  • Resurrection Hope:

Living in Hope: The resurrection of Jesus gives us a living hope that transforms our perspective on life and death. We can face trials and sufferings with the assurance that they are not the end, but a passage to eternal life.

Eternal Perspective: Keeping our eyes on the promise of resurrection helps us to maintain an eternal perspective, prioritizing spiritual growth and our relationship with God over temporary concerns.

  • Reflecting God’s Faithfulness:

Faithful Living: As we trust in God’s faithfulness, we are called to reflect His character in our own lives. This means living with integrity, loyalty, and a commitment to the values of God’s kingdom.

Witness to Others: Our confidence in God's promises can be a powerful witness to others, demonstrating the peace and hope that come from a relationship with Him. Sharing our faith and the hope of resurrection can bring comfort and encouragement to those who are struggling with fear or loss.


Acts 2:25-31: Peter's use of Psalm 16:10 to explain the resurrection of Jesus emphasizes the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy in Christ’s victory over death.

Acts 13:35-37: Paul reiterates this connection, underscoring the significance of Jesus' resurrection as a fulfillment of God’s promise not to let His Holy One see corruption.

John 11:25-26: Jesus declares, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die." This affirms the promise of eternal life through faith in Christ.


Psalm 16:10 is a powerful testament to the hope and assurance that come from trusting in God’s faithfulness. It speaks to the confidence we can have in God's protection and deliverance from death, ultimately finding its fulfillment in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This verse invites us to live with a deep sense of security and hope, knowing that our future is secure in God’s hands. By embracing the promise of resurrection, we can face life’s challenges with courage and share the hope of eternal life with others.

See also: vs 11

grief - hope - live - righteous

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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