Psalm 139
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1To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.1O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.3You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.4Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.5You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?7Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.8If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;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.10even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.12even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.13For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.15My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.16Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!17How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast 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.18If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
19Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.19Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!
20For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.20They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your 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?21Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.22I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:23Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.24And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
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Psalm 138
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