Psalm 139 The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. 139 1Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away. 3You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. 4Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord. 5You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me. 6This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it. 7Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? 8If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. 9If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits,[A] 10even there Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold on to me. 11If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night”— 12even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You. 13For it was You who created my inward parts;[B] You knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.[C][D] Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. 15My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. 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. 17God, how difficult[E] Your thoughts are for me to comprehend; how vast their sum is! 18If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up,[F] I am still with You. 19God, if only You would kill the wicked— you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me— 20who invoke You deceitfully. Your enemies swear by You falsely. 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. 23Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24See if there is any offensive[G] way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.
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