Psalms 139

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

Where shall I go from thy spirit? or where shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there . If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, 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} 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul well knoweth {right...: Heb. greatly} 15 My 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} 16 Thy 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}

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