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Psalm 139 (Lexham English Bible)

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For the [music] director. Of David. A psalm.

The Knowledge of God

1 aO Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know [me]. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up. You understand my thought from afar. 3 You search outb my wandering and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For [there is] not a word [yet] on my tongue, [but] behold, O Yahweh, you know it completely. 5 You barricade me behind and in front, and set your hand upon me. 6 [Such] knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is set high; I cannot [prevail] against it. 7 Where I can go from your Spirit, or where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, there you [are], and if I make my bed [in] Sheol, look! [There] you [are]. 9 If I lift up [the] wings of [the] dawn, [and] I alight on [the] far side of [the] sea, 10 even there your hand would lead me, and your right hand would hold me fast. 11 And if I should say, "Surely darkness will cover me, and [the] light around me [will be as] night," 12 even [the] darkness is not too dark for you,c and [the] night shines as the day-- the darkness [and] the light are alike [for you]. 13 Indeed you created my {inward parts};d you wove me in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you, because I am fearfully [and] wonderfully [made].e Wonderful [are] your works, and my soul knows [it] well. 15 My {frame}f was not hidden from you, when I was created secretly,g [and] intricately woven in [the] depths of [the] earth. 16 Your eyes saw my embryo,h and in your book they all were written-- days fashioned [for me] when [there was] not one of them. 17 And to me, how preciousi are your thoughts, O God; how vast is their sum. 18 If I should count them, they would outnumber [the] sand. I awaken, and I [am] still with you. 19 If only you would kill the wicked, O God-- so get away from me, [you] {bloodthirsty men}--j 20 who speak against you deceitfully. Your enemies take [your name] in vain. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Yahweh? And do I [not] loathe those who rise up against you? 22 I hate them with a complete hatred; they have become my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 And see if [there is] in me {the worship of false gods},k and lead me in [the] way everlasting.
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