Psalms 139

God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1 O  Lord, You have a  searched me and known me.
2You b  know
Lit my sitting
when I sit down and
Lit my rising
when I rise up;
You e  understand my thought from afar.
3You
Lit winnow
,
g  scrutinize my
Or journeying
path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4
Lit For there is not
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O  Lord, You j  know it all.
5You have k  enclosed me behind and before,
And l  laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such m  knowledge is n  too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

7 o  Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 p  If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in
I.e. the nether world
Sheol, behold r  You are there.
9If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10Even there Your hand will s  lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11If I say, “Surely the t  darkness will
Lit bruise; some commentators read cover
overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12Even the v  darkness is not dark
Lit from
to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
x  Darkness and light are alike to You.

13For You y  formed my
Lit kidneys
inward parts;
You aa  wove me in my mother’s womb.
14I will give thanks to You, for
Some ancient versions read You are fearfully wonderful
I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
ac  Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15My
Lit bones were
,
ae  frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the af  depths of the earth;
16Your ag  eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in ah  Your book were all written
The ai  days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

17How precious also are Your aj  thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18If I should count them, they would ak  outnumber the sand.
When al  I awake, I am still with You.

19O that You would am  slay the wicked, O God;
an  Depart from me, therefore, ao  men of bloodshed.
20For they ap  speak
Or of
against You wickedly,
And Your enemies
Some mss read lift themselves up against You
,
as  take Your name in vain.
21Do I not at  hate those who hate You, O  Lord?
And do I not au  loathe those who rise up against You?
22I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.

23 av  Search me, O God, and know my heart;
aw  Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24And see if there be any
Lit way of pain
,
ay  hurtful way in me,
And az  lead me in the ba  everlasting way.

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