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Psalm 16:3

ESV As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
NIV I say of the holy people who are in the land, 'They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.'
NASB As for the saints who are on the earth, They are the majestic ones; all my delight is in them.
CSB As for the holy people who are in the land, they are the noble ones. All my delight is in them.
NLT The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!
KJV But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

What does Psalm 16:3 mean?

David has fellowship with the Lord; therefore, he has fellowship with the Lord's people, "the saints in the land." The word "saints" identifies those who are set apart unto the Lord. These are not a special class of extra-righteous people, but all who are saved by grace through faith. David calls the saints "excellent ones." This designation portrays the Lord's people as noble or glorious. The New Testament calls believers in Christ "saints" (Ephesians 1:1).

The apostle John cites love of fellow believers as a proof of one's salvation. First John 2:10–11 states: "Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness." Jesus commanded believers to love one another, and this love mirrors His love. He said, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another" (John 13:34). He identified this love as evidence that believers are His disciples (John 13:35). David expresses his love for fellow believers, as well.
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