"The Lines Are Fallen Unto Me In Pleasant Places"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 144

Context: In this poem of quiet contentment the psalmist expresses satisfaction in his trust in the Lord, the source of all that is good in him; in his friendship with other "saints"; in his relationship with God, who is always near and willing to instruct him; and in his sense of protection and security because of his faith in God. He contrasts his joys with the multiplicity of sorrows of people who worship other gods. In his vision of God as the divider of shares of an earthly inheritance to men, he uses the familiar images of "the cup" to represent fate and "the lines" to mean the division between portions of land:

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The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

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