New American Standard Bible
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
King James Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
Darby Bible Translation
If I ascend up into the heavens thou art there; or if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there;
World English Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there!
Young's Literal Translation
If I ascend the heavens -- there Thou art, And spread out a couch in Sheol, lo, Thee!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If I ascend up into heaven - The word "heaven" here, in the original is in the plural number - "heavens," - and includes all that there is above the earth - the highest worlds.
If I make my bed - Properly, "If I strew or spread my couch." If I should seek that as the place where to lie down.
In hell - Hebrew, "Sheol." See the notes at Isaiah 14:9, where the word is fully explained. The word here refers to the under-world - the abodes of the dead; and, in the apprehension of the psalmist, corresponds in depth with the word "heaven" in height. The two represent all worlds, above and below; and the idea is, that in neither direction, above or below, could he go where God would not be.
Thou art there - Or, more emphatically and impressively in the original, "Thou!" That is, the psalmist imagines himself in the highest heaven, or in the deepest abodes of the dead - and lo! God is there also! he has not gone from "him"! he is still in the presence of the same God!
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 …
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God Omnipresent and Omniscient --Ps. cxxxix.
The Love of Christ.
The Kingdom Undivided
"Naked is Sheol before Him, And Abaddon has no covering.
If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!
"Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens, And though she should fortify her lofty stronghold, From Me destroyers will come to her," declares the LORD.
"They have made a bed for her among the slain with all her hordes. Her graves are around it, they are all uncircumcised, slain by the sword (although their terror was instilled in the land of the living), and they bore their disgrace with those who go down to the pit; they were put in the midst of the slain.
"Though they dig into Sheol, From there will My hand take them; And though they ascend to heaven, From there will I bring them down.
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