Psalm 139 ESV

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 O LORD, you have 1searched me and known me!

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2 You 2know when I sit down and when I rise up; you 3discern my thoughts from afar.

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3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, 4you know it altogether.

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5 You 5hem me in, behind and before, and 6lay your hand upon me.

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6 7Such knowledge is 8too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

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7 9Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where 10shall I flee from your presence?

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8 11If I ascend to heaven, you are there! 12If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

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      9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
      10 even there your hand shall 13lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

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          11 If I say, 14"Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,"

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          12 15even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

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          13 For you 16formed my inward parts; you 17knitted me together in my mother's womb.

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          14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.a 18Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

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            • Ŏ 139:14 - Or for I am fearfully set apart
              15 19My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in 20the depths of the earth.

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              16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your 21book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

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              17 How precious to me are your 22thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

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              18 23If I would count them, they are more than 24the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.

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              19 Oh that you would 25slay the wicked, O God! O 26men of blood, 27depart from me!

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              20 They 28speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies 29take your name in vain!b

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                • ŏ 139:20 - Hebrew lacks your name
                  21 30Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD? And do I not 31loathe those who 32rise up against you?

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                  22 I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
                  23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! 33Try me and know my thoughts!c

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                  24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and 34lead me in 35the way everlasting!d

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                    • ő 139:24 - Or in the ancient way (compare Jeremiah 6:16)