Psalm 139
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1For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. O LORD, You have searched me and known me.1LORD, you have examined me; you have known me.
2You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.2You know when I rest and when I am active. You understand what I am thinking when I am distant from you.
3You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.3You scrutinize my life and my rest; you are familiar with all of my ways.
4For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.4Even before I have formed a word with my tongue, you, LORD, know it completely!
5You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.5You encircle me from back to front, placing your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.6Knowledge like this is too amazing for me. It is beyond my reach, and I cannot fathom it.
7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?7Where can I flee from your spirit? Or where will I run from your presence?
8If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.8If I rise to heaven, there you are! If I lay down with the dead, there you are!
9If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,9If I take wings with the dawn and settle down on the western horizon
10Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.10your hand will guide me there, too, while your right hand keeps a firm grip on me.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;11If I say, "Darkness will surely conceal me, and the light around me will become night,"
12Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.12even darkness isn't dark to you, darkness and light are the same to you.
13For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.13It was you who formed my internal organs, fashioning me within my mother's womb.
14I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.14I praise you, because you are fearful and wondrous! Your work is wonderful, and I am fully aware of it.
15My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.15My frame was not hidden from you while I was being crafted in a hidden place, knit together in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.16Your eyes looked upon my embryo, and everything was recorded in your book. The days scheduled for my formation were inscribed, even though not one of them had come yet.
17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!17How deep are your thoughts, God! How great is their number!
18If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.18Were I to count them, they would number more than the sand. When I awake, I will be with you.
19Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.19God, if only you would execute the wicked, so that the men guilty of bloodshed would get away from me,
20For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.20who speak against you with evil motives, your enemies who are acting in vain.
21Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?21I hate those who hate you, LORD, do I not? I loathe those who rebel against you, do I not ?
22I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.22With consummate hatred I hate them; I consider them my enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;23Examine me, God, and know my mind, test me, and know my thoughts.
24And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.24See if there is any offensive tendency in me, and lead me in the eternal way.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.The Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
Psalm 138
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