New American Standard Bible
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.
King James Bible
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off;
World English Bible
You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts from afar.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou -- Thou hast known my sitting down, And my rising up, Thou hast attended to my thoughts from afar.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thou knowest my downsitting ... - In the various circumstances of life, thou knowest me. Thou knowest me in one place as well as in another. I cannot so change my position that thou will not see me, and that thou wilt not be perfectly acquainted with all that I say, and all that I do. In every posture, in every movement, in every occupation, thou hast a full knowledge of me. I cannot go out of thy sight; I cannot put myself into such a position that thou wilt not see me.
Thou understandest my thought - Hebrew, "As to my thought." That is, Thou seest what my plans are; what I design to do; "what I am thinking about." A most solemn reflection! How unwilling would bad people be - would even good people be - to have those round about them know always "what they are thinking about."
Afar off - Not when the "thought" is far off; but "thou," being far off, seest us as clearly as if thou wert near. I cannot go to such a distance from thee that thou wilt not see perfectly all that I am thinking about.
LibrarySeptember the Eighteenth the All-Round Defence
"Thou hast beset me behind." --PSALM cxxxix. 1-12. And that is a defence against the enemies which would attack me in the rear. There is yesterday's sin, and the guilt which is the companion of yesterday's sin. They pursue my soul like fierce hounds, but my gracious Lord will come between my pursuers and me. His mighty grace intervenes, and my security is complete. "Thou hast beset me ... before." And that is a defence against the enemies which would impede my advance and frighten me out of …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
God Omnipresent and Omniscient --Ps. cxxxix.
The Love of Christ.
The Kingdom Undivided
And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?
2 Kings 19:27
'But I know your sitting down, And your going out and your coming in, And your raging against Me.
Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.
"For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory.
Look on their sitting and their rising; I am their mocking song.
"But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.
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