Psalm 139



The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

1 {To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

1 LORD, you have examined me; you have known me.

1 O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.

2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

2 You know when I rest and when I am active. You understand what I am thinking when I am distant from you.

2 You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off.

3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

3 You scrutinize my life and my rest; you are familiar with all of my ways.

3 You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

4 Even before I have formed a word with my tongue, you, LORD, know it completely!

4 For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.

5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

5 You encircle me from back to front, placing your hand upon me.

5 You have beset me and shut me in -- "behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

6 Knowledge like this is too amazing for me. It is beyond my reach, and I cannot fathom it.

6 Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it.

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

7 Where can I flee from your spirit? Or where will I run from your presence?

7 Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

8 If I rise to heaven, there you are! If I lay down with the dead, there you are!

8 If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there.

9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

9 If I take wings with the dawn and settle down on the western horizon

9 If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

10 your hand will guide me there, too, while your right hand keeps a firm grip on me.

10 Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,"

11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

11 If I say, "Darkness will surely conceal me, and the light around me will become night,"

11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me,

12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day Darkness and light are alike to You.

12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

12 even darkness isn't dark to you, darkness and light are the same to you.

12 Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.

13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

13 It was you who formed my internal organs, fashioning me within my mother's womb.

13 For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

14 I praise you, because you are fearful and wondrous! Your work is wonderful, and I am fully aware of it.

14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

15 My frame was not hidden from you while I was being crafted in a hidden place, knit together in the depths of the earth.

15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].

16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

16 Thine 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.

16 Your eyes looked upon my embryo, and everything was recorded in your book. The days scheduled for my formation were inscribed, even though not one of them had come yet.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

17 How deep are your thoughts, God! How great is their number!

17 How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand When I awake, I am still with You.

18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

18 Were I to count them, they would number more than the sand. When I awake, I will be with you.

18 If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.

19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.

19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

19 God, if only you would execute the wicked, so that the men guilty of bloodshed would get away from me,

19 If You would [only] slay the wicked, O God, and the men of blood depart from me -- "

20 For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain.

20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

20 who speak against you with evil motives, your enemies who are acting in vain.

20 Who speak against You wickedly, Your enemies who take Your name in vain!

21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

21 I hate those who hate you, LORD, do I not? I loathe those who rebel against you, do I not ?

21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And am I not grieved and do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

22 I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.

22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

22 With consummate hatred I hate them; I consider them my enemies.

22 I hate them with perfect hatred; they have become my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

23 Examine me, God, and know my mind, test me, and know my thoughts.

23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

24 See if there is any offensive tendency in me, and lead me in the eternal way. To the Music Director: A Davidic Song

24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.



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