1To him that excelleth. A Psalme of David. O Lord, thou hast tried me and knowen me. 2Thou knowest my sitting and my rising: thou vnderstandest my thought afarre off. 3Thou compassest my pathes, and my lying downe, and art accustomed to all my wayes. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but loe, thou knowest it wholy, O Lord. 5Thou holdest mee straite behinde and before, and layest thine hand vpon me. 6Thy knowledge is too wonderfull for mee: it is so high that I cannot attaine vnto it. 7Whither shall I goe from thy Spirite? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8If I ascende into heauen, thou art there: if I lye downe in hell, thou art there. 9Let mee take the winges of the morning, and dwell in the vttermost parts of the sea: 10Yet thither shall thine hand leade me, and thy right hand holde me. 11If I say, Yet the darkenes shall hide me, euen the night shalbe light about me. 12Yea, the darkenes hideth not from thee: but the night shineth as the day: the darkenes and light are both alike. 13For thou hast possessed my reines: thou hast couered me in my mothers wombe. 14I will praise thee, for I am fearefully and wonderously made: marueilous are thy workes, and my soule knoweth it well. 15My bones are not hid from thee, though I was made in a secret place, and facioned beneath in the earth. 16Thine eyes did see me, when I was without forme: for in thy booke were all things written, which in continuance were facioned, when there was none of them before. 17Howe deare therefore are thy thoughtes vnto me, O God! how great is ye summe of them! 18If I should count them, they are moe then the sand: when I wake, I am still with thee. 19Oh that thou wouldest slay, O God, the wicked and bloody men, to whom I say, Depart ye from mee: 20Which speake wickedly of thee, and being thine enemies are lifted vp in vaine. 21Doe not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and doe not I earnestly contend with those that rise vp against thee? 22I hate them with an vnfained hatred, as they were mine vtter enemies. 23Try mee, O God, and knowe mine heart: prooue me and know my thoughtes, 24And consider if there be any way of wickednes in me, and leade me in the way for euer.