Psalms 139
The Knowledge of God
For the music director. Of David. A psalm.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1O Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know me.
2You know my sitting down and my rising up.
You understand my thought from afar.
3You search out#Hebrew “winnow”; or perhaps from another root, “measure” my wandering and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4For there is not a word yet on my tongue,
but behold, O Yahweh, you know it completely.
5You barricade me behind and in front,
and set your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.
It is set high; I cannot prevail against it.
7Where I can go from your Spirit,
or where can I flee from your presence?
8If I ascend to heaven, there you are,
and if I make my bed in Sheol, look! There you are.
9If I lift up the wings of the dawn,
and I alight on the far side of the sea,
10even there your hand would lead me,
and your right hand would hold me fast.
11And if I should say, “Surely darkness will cover me,
and the light around me will be as night,”
12even the darkness is not too dark for you,#Or “does not obscure from you”
and the night shines as the day—
the darkness and the light are alike for you.
13Indeed you created my inward parts;#Literally “kidneys”
you wove me in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you, because I am fearfully
and wonderfully made.#Or “I am made wonderful fearfully”
Wonderful are your works,
and my soul knows it well.
15My frame#Literally “bone” was not hidden from you,
when I was created secretly,#Or “in the secret place”
and intricately woven
in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my embryo,#Hebrew “unformed substance”
and in your book they all were written—
days fashioned for me when there was not one of them.
17And to me, how precious#Or “difficult” are your thoughts, O God;
how vast is their sum.
18If I should count them,
they would outnumber the sand.
I awaken, and I am still with you.
19If only you would kill the wicked, O God—
so get away from me, you bloodthirsty men—#Literally “men of bloods”
20who speak against you deceitfully.
Your enemies take your name in vain.
21Do I not hate those who hate you, O Yahweh?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22I hate them with a complete hatred;
they have become my enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24And see if there is in me the worship of false gods,#Literally “a way of an idol”
and lead me in the way everlasting.
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