Psalm 139
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God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

1LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2You know [a]when I sit down and [b]when I get up;

You understand my thought from far away.

3You [c]scrutinize my [d]path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways.

4[e]Even before there is a word on my tongue,

Behold, LORD, You know it all.

5You have encircled me behind and in front,

And placed Your hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

It is too high, I cannot comprehend it.

7Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8If I ascend to heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.

9If I take up the wings of the dawn,

If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

10Even there Your hand will lead me,

And Your right hand will take hold of me.

11If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me,

And the light around me will be night,”

12Even darkness is not dark [h]to You,

And the night is as bright as the day.

Darkness and light are alike to You.

13For You created my innermost parts;

You wove me in my mother’s womb.

14I will give thanks to You, because [i]I am awesomely and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,

And my soul knows it very well.

15My [j]frame was not hidden from You

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth;

16Your eyes have seen my formless substance;

And in Your book were written

All the days that were ordained for me,

When as yet there was not one of them.

17How precious also are Your thoughts for me, God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sand.

When I awake, I am still with You.

19If only You would put the wicked to death, God;

Leave me, you men of bloodshed.

20For they speak [k]against You wickedly,

And Your enemies [l]take Your name in vain.

21Do I not hate those who hate You, LORD?

And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

22I hate them with the utmost hatred;

They have become my enemies.

23Search me, God, and know my heart;

Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts;

24And see if there is any [m]hurtful way in me,

And lead me in the everlasting way.



[a] 2 Lit my sitting
[b] 2 Lit my rising
[c] 3 Lit winnow
[d] 3 Or journeying
[e] 4 Lit For there is not
[f] 8 I.e., the netherworld
[g] 11 Lit bruise; some commentators cover
[h] 12 Lit from
[i] 14 Some ancient versions You are fearfully wonderful
[j] 15 Lit bones were
[k] 20 Or of
[l] 20 Some mss lift themselves up against You
[m] 24 Lit way of pain

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