Psalms Chapter 139 |
1For the leader. Of David. A psalm.
O Lord, You have examined me and know me.
2When I sit down or stand up You know it;
You discern my thoughts from afar.
3You observe my walking and reclining,
and are familiar with all my ways.
4There is not a word on my tongue
but that You, O Lord, know it well.
5You hedge me before and behind;
You lay Your hand upon me.
6It is beyond my knowledge;
it is a mystery; I cannot fathom it.
7Where can I escape from Your spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?
8If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
if I descend to Sheol, You are there too.
9If I take wing with the dawn
to come to rest on the western horizon,
10even there Your hand will be guiding me,
Your right hand will be holding me fast.
11If I say, “Surely darkness will conceal me,
night will provide me with cover,”
12darkness is not dark for You;
night is as light as day;
darkness and light are the same.
13It was You who created my conscience;
You fashioned me in my mother’s womb.
14I praise You,
for I am awesomely, wondrously made;
Your work is wonderful;
I know it very well.
15My frame was not concealed from You
when I was shaped in a hidden place,
knit together in the recesses of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my unformed limbs;
they were all recorded in Your book;
in due time they were formed,
to the very last one of them.
17How weighty Your thoughts seem to me, O God,
how great their number!
18I count them—they exceed the grains of sand;
I end—but am still with You.
19O God, if You would only slay the wicked—
you murderers, away from me!—
20who invoke You for intrigue,
Your enemies who swear by You falsely.
21O Lord, You know I hate those who hate You,
and loathe Your adversaries.
22I feel a perfect hatred toward them;
I count them my enemies.
23Examine me, O God, and know my mind;
probe me and know my thoughts.
24See if I have vexatious ways,
and guide me in ways everlasting.