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God's Omnipresence and Omniscience
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising;
thou understandest my thought afar off.
3Thou compassest my path and my lying down,
and art acquainted with all my ways.
4For there is not a word in my tongue,
but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
5Thou hast beset me behind and before,
and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7Whither shall I go from thy Spirit?
Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there:
if I make my bed in hell,#139.8 hell, Hebrew Sheol. behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10even there shall thy hand lead me,
and thy right hand shall hold me.
11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me;
even the night shall be light about me.
12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee;
but the night shineth as the day:
the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvelous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.
15My substance was not hid from thee
when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
and in thy book all my members were written,
which in continuance were fashioned,
when as yet there was none of them.
17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.
19Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God:
depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20For they speak against thee wickedly,
and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee?
And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22I hate them with perfect hatred:
I count them mine enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
24and see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
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