Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.1 O Lord, you have a searched me and known me!
2 You b know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you c discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord d you know it altogether.
5 You e hem me in, behind and before,
and f lay your hand upon me.
6 g Such knowledge is h too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 i Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where j shall I flee from your presence?
8 k If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
l If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall m lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say n “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 o even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you p formed my inward parts;
you q knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ▼
▼ Or for I am fearfully set apart
s Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 t My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in u the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your v book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your w thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 x If I would count them, they are more than y the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would z slay the wicked, O God!
O aa men of blood, ab depart from me!
20 They ac speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies ad take your name in vain. ▼
▼ Hebrew lacks your name
21 af Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not ag loathe those who ah rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
ai Try me and know my thoughts! ▼
▼ Or cares
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and ak lead me in al the way everlasting! ▼
▼ Or in the ancient way (compare Jeremiah 6:16)
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