Psalms 139

The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God

1For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

Lord, You have searched me and known me. a
2 You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
You understand my thoughts from far away. b
3 You observe my travels and my rest;
You are aware of all my ways. c
4 Before a word is on my tongue,
You know all about it, Lord. d
5 You have encircled me;
You have placed Your hand on me. e
6 This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to reach it. f

7 Where can I go to escape Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence? g
8 If I go up to heaven, You are there; h
if I make my bed in
Sheol: A Hebrew word for either the grave or the realm of the dead
Sheol, You are there. j
9 If I live at the eastern horizon
or settle at the western limits,
Lit I take up the wings of the dawn; I dwell at the end of the sea

10 even there Your hand will lead me;
Your right hand will hold on to me. l
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will be nightm
12 even the darkness is not dark to You.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to You. n

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;
Lit my kidneys

You knit me together in my mother’s womb. p
14 I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
DSS, some LXX mss, Syr, Jer read because You are remarkable and wonderful
Hb obscure

Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well. s
15 My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth. t
16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began. u

17 God, how difficult
Or precious
Your thoughts are
for me to comprehend;
how vast their sum is!
18 If I counted them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand; w
when I wake up,
Some Hb mss read I come to an end
I am still with You. y

19 God, if only You would kill the wicked
you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me z
20 who invoke You deceitfully.
Your enemies swear by You falsely. aa
21 Lord, don’t I hate those who hate You,
and detest those who rebel against You?
22 I hate them with extreme hatred;
I consider them my enemies. ab

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns. ac
24 See if there is any offensive
Or idolatrous
way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way. ae
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