God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.

1 For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
O Lord, You have (A)searched me and known me.
You (B)know (a)when I sit down and (b)when I rise up;
You (C)understand my thought from afar.
You (c)(D)scrutinize my (d)path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
(e)Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You (E)know it all.
You have (F)enclosed me behind and before,
And (G)laid Your hand upon me.
Such (H)knowledge is (I)too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
(J)Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
(K)If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in (f)Sheol, behold, (L)You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will (M)lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the (N)darkness will (g)overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even the (O)darkness is not dark (h)to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
(P)Darkness and light are alike to You.
For You (Q)formed my (i)inward parts;
You (R)wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for (j)I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
(S)Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My (k)(T)frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the (U)depths of the earth;
Your (V)eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in (W)Your book were all written
The (X)days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your (Y)thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would (Z)outnumber the sand.
When (AA)I awake, I am still with You.
O that You would (AB)slay the wicked, O God;
(AC)Depart from me, therefore, (AD)men of bloodshed.
For they (AE)speak (l)against You wickedly,
And Your enemies (m)(AF)take Your name in vain.
Do I not (AG)hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not (AH)loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
(AI)Search me, O God, and know my heart;
(AJ)Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any (n)(AK)hurtful way in me,
And (AL)lead me in the (AM)everlasting way.


a. Psalm 139:2: ['Lit ', my sitting]
b. Psalm 139:2: ['Lit ', my rising]
c. Psalm 139:3: ['Lit ', winnow]
d. Psalm 139:3: ['Or ', journeying]
e. Psalm 139:4: ['Lit ', For there is not]
f. Psalm 139:8: ['I.e. the nether world']
g. Psalm 139:11: ['Lit ', bruise, '; some commentators read ', cover]
h. Psalm 139:12: ['Lit ', from]
i. Psalm 139:13: ['Lit ', kidneys]
j. Psalm 139:14: ['Some ancient versions read ', You are fearfully wonderful]
k. Psalm 139:15: ['Lit ', bones were]
l. Psalm 139:20: ['Or ', of]
m. Psalm 139:20: ['Some mss read ', lift themselves up, ' against You']
n. Psalm 139:24: ['Lit ', way of pain]

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