Psalm 139
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1For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. O LORD, You have searched me and known me.1For the music director, a psalm of David. O LORD, you examine me and know.
2You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.2You know when I sit down and when I get up; even from far away you understand my motives.
3You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.3You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; you are aware of everything I do.
4For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.4Certainly my tongue does not frame a word without you, O LORD, being thoroughly aware of it.
5You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.5You squeeze me in from behind and in front; you place your hand on me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.6Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension; it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it.
7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?7Where can I go to escape your spirit? Where can I flee to escape your presence?
8If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.8If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there. If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be.
9If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,9If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn, and settle down on the other side of the sea,
10Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.10even there your hand would guide me, your right hand would grab hold of me.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;11If I were to say, "Certainly the darkness will cover me, and the light will turn to night all around me,"
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 the darkness is not too dark for you to see, and the night is as bright as day; darkness and light are the same to you.
13For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.13Certainly you made my mind and heart; you wove me together in 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 will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. You knew me thoroughly;
15My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.15my bones were not hidden from you, when I was made in secret and sewed 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 saw me when I was inside the womb. All the days ordained for me were recorded in your scroll before one of them came into existence.
17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!17How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! How vast is their sum total!
18If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.18If I tried to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. Even if I finished counting them, I would still have to contend with you.
19Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.19If only you would kill the wicked, O God! Get away from me, you violent men!
20For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.20They rebel against you and act deceitfully; your enemies lie.
21Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?21O LORD, do I not hate those who hate you, and despise those who oppose you?
22I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.22I absolutely hate them, they have become my enemies!
23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;23Examine me, and probe my thoughts! Test me, and know my concerns!
24And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.24See if there is any idolatrous tendency in me, and lead me in the reliable ancient path!
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