Psalms 139

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.


O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me .
2Thou knowest my downsitting and my uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
compassest: or, winnowest
4For there is not a word on my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thy hand upon me. 6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

7Where shall I go from thy spirit? or where shall I flee from thy presence? 8If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there . 9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee .
hideth...: Heb. darkeneth not
the darkness and...: Heb. as is the darkness, so is the light
13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul well knoweth
right...: Heb. greatly
15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and skilfully formed in the lowest parts of the earth.
substance: or, strength, or, body
16Thy eyes saw my substance, not yet formed; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
all...: Heb. all of them
which...: or, what days they should be fashioned

17How precious also are thy thoughts to me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 19Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. 20For they speak against thee wickedly, and thy enemies take thy name in vain. 21Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? 22I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them my enemies. 23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
wicked...: Heb. way of pain, or, grief

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