To the director: A praise song of David.
1Lord, you have tested me,
so you know all about me.
2You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts from far away.
3You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know everything I do.
4Lord, you know what I want to say,
even before the words leave my mouth.
5You are all around me—in front of me and behind me.
I feel your hand on my shoulder.
6I am amazed at what you know;
it is too much for me to understand.
7Your Spirit is everywhere I go.
I cannot escape your presence.
8If I go up to heaven, you will be there.
If I go down to the place of death, you will be there.
9If I go east where the sun rises
or go to live in the west beyond the sea,
10even there you will take my hand and lead me.
Your strong right hand will protect me.
11Suppose I wanted to hide from you and said,
“Surely the darkness will hide me.
The day will change to night and cover me.”
12Even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same.
13You formed the way I think and feel.#139:13 the way I think and feel Literally, “my kidneys,” which were thought to be the center of emotions.
You put me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way.
I know how amazing that was!
15You could see my bones grow as my body took shape,
hidden in my mother’s womb.#139:15 mother’s womb Literally, “deepest parts of the earth,” meaning a place we know nothing about.
16You watched my body grow there.
In your book you wrote about all the days planned for me
before any of them had happened.
17Your thoughts are beyond my understanding.#139:17 beyond my understanding Or “precious to me.”
They cannot be measured!
18If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand.
But when I finished, I would have just begun.#139:18 I … begun Or “I would still be with you.”
19You murderers, get away from me!
God, kill those wicked people—
20those who say bad things about you.
Your enemies use your name falsely.#139:20 Your enemies … falsely The Hebrew text here is hard to understand.
21Lord, I hate those who hate you.
I hate those who are against you.
22I hate them completely!
Your enemies are also my enemies.
23God, examine me and know my mind.
Test me and know all my worries.
24Make sure that I am not going the wrong way.#139:24 Make sure … way Or “See that I don’t worship idols.”
Lead me on the path that has always been right.#139:24 Lead me … right Or “Guide me on the ancient path.”