The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.
1Lord, You have searched me and known me. # Ps 17:3; 44:21; Jr 12:3
2You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
You understand my thoughts from far away. # 2Kg 19:27; Is 66:18; Mt 9:4
3You observe my travels and my rest;
You are aware of all my ways. # Jb 14:16; 31:4
4Before a word is on my tongue,
You know all about it, Lord. # Heb 4:13
5You have encircled me;
You have placed Your hand on me. # Jb 9:33; Ps 125:2
6This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to reach it. # Jb 42:3; Rm 11:33
7Where can I go to escape Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence? # Jr 23:24
8If I go up to heaven, You are there; # Am 9:2-4
if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. # Jb 26:6; Is 14:11
9If I live at the eastern horizon
or settle at the western limits, # Lit I take up the wings of the dawn; I dwell at the end of the sea
10even there Your hand will lead me;
Your right hand will hold on to me. # Ps 23:2-3
11If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will be night” # Jb 22:13-14 —
12even the darkness is not dark to You.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to You. # Jb 34:22; Dn 2:22
13For it was You who created my inward parts; # Lit my kidneys
You knit me together in my mother’s womb. # Jb 10:11; Ps 119:73
14I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. # DSS, some LXX mss, Syr, Jer read because You are remarkable and wonderful # Hb obscure
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well. # Ps 40:5
15My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth. # Jb 10:8-10; Ps 63:9; Ec 11:5
16Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began. # Jb 14:5
17God, how difficult # Or precious Your thoughts are
for me to comprehend;
how vast their sum is!
18If I counted them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand; # Ps 40:5; 92:5
when I wake up, # Some Hb mss read I come to an end I am still with You. # Ps 3:5
19God, if only You would kill the wicked —
you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me # Ps 5:6; 6:8; Is 11:4 —
20who invoke You deceitfully.
Your enemies swear by You falsely. # Ex 20:7; Jd 15
21Lord, don’t I hate those who hate You,
and detest those who rebel against You?
22I hate them with extreme hatred;
I consider them my enemies. # Ps 26:5; 31:16
23Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns. # Jb 31:6; Ps 26:2
24See if there is any offensive # Or idolatrous way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way. # Ps 16:11