Psalm 139

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me
You know when I sit and when I rise
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down
you are familiar with all my ways

Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD

You hem me in—behind and before
you have laid your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn
if I settle on the far side of the sea

even there your hand will guide me
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

even the darkness will not be dark to you
the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth

your eyes saw my unformed body
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

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

Were I to count them
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake
I am still with you.

If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

They speak of you with evil intent
your adversaries misuse your name.

Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?

I have nothing but hatred for them
I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me
and lead me in the way everlasting.


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