Psalm 139 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me and known me! 1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
2 Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up; thou discernest my thoughts from afar. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
5 Thou dost beset me behind and before, and layest thy hand upon me. 5 You hem me in--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, thou art there! If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there! 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there thy hand shall lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, "Let only darkness cover me, and the light about me be night," 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness is not dark to thee, the night is bright as the day; for darkness is as light with thee. 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. 15 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,
16 Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are thy thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. When I awake, I am still with thee. 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
19 O that thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God, and that men of blood would depart from me, 19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20 men who maliciously defy thee, who lift themselves up against thee for evil! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate them that hate thee, O LORD? And do I not loathe them that rise up against thee? 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.