Bible: Psalm 139:1-24

Psalm 139 1 

139:1 For the music director, a psalm of David.

O Lord, you examine me 2  and know.

139:2 You know when I sit down and when I get up;

even from far away you understand my motives.

139:3 You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; 3 

you are aware of everything I do. 4 

139:4 Certainly 5  my tongue does not frame a word

without you, O Lord, being thoroughly aware of it. 6 

139:5 You squeeze me in from behind and in front;

you place your hand on me.

139:6 Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension;

it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it. 7 

139:7 Where can I go to escape your spirit?

Where can I flee to escape your presence? 8 

139:8 If I were to ascend 9  to heaven, you would be there.

If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be. 10 

139:9 If I were to fly away 11  on the wings of the dawn, 12 

and settle down on the other side 13  of the sea,

139:10 even there your hand would guide me,

your right hand would grab hold of me.

139:11 If I were to say, “Certainly the darkness will cover me, 14 

and the light will turn to night all around me,” 15 

139:12 even the darkness is not too dark for you to see, 16 

and the night is as bright as 17  day;

darkness and light are the same to you. 18 

139:13 Certainly 19  you made my mind and heart; 20 

you wove me together 21  in my mother’s womb.

139:14 I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing. 22 

You knew me thoroughly; 23 

139:15 my bones were not hidden from you,

when 24  I was made in secret

and sewed together in the depths of the earth. 25 

139:16 Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. 26 

All the days ordained for me

were recorded in your scroll

before one of them came into existence. 27 

139:17 How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! 28 

How vast is their sum total! 29 

139:18 If 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. 30 

139:19 If only 31  you would kill the wicked, O God!

Get away from me, you violent men! 32 

139:20 They 33  rebel against you 34  and act deceitfully; 35 

your enemies lie. 36 

139:21 O Lord, do I not hate those who hate you,

and despise those who oppose you? 37 

139:22 I absolutely hate them, 38 

they have become my enemies!

139:23 Examine me, and probe my thoughts! 39 

Test me, and know my concerns! 40 

139:24 See if there is any idolatrous tendency 41  in me,

and lead me in the reliable ancient path! 42 

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