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Psalm 139 (English Standard Version)

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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! 2 You 2know when I sit down and when I rise up; you 3discern my thoughts from afar. 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. 5 You 5hem me in, behind and before, and 6lay your hand upon me. 6 7Such knowledge is 8too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. 7 9Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where 10shall I flee from your presence? 8 11If I ascend to heaven, you are there! 12If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 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. 11 If I say, 14"Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night," 12 15even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. 13 For you 16formed my inward parts; you 17knitted me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.a 18Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 19My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in 20the depths of the earth. 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. 17 How precious to me are your 22thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 23If I would count them, they are more than 24the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. 19 Oh that you would 25slay the wicked, O God! O 26men of blood, 27depart from me! 20 They 28speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies 29take your name in vain!b 21 30Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD? And do I not 31loathe those who 32rise up against you? 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 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and 34lead me in 35the way everlasting!d
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