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Compare Translations for Psalm 139:1

Psalm 139:1 ASV
O Jehovah, thou hast searched me, and known [me].
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Psalm 139:1 BBE
O Lord, you have knowledge of me, searching out all my secrets.
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Psalm 139:1 CJB
For the leader. A psalm of David: ADONAI, you have probed me, and you know me.
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Psalm 139:1 RHE
(138-1) <Unto the end, a psalm of David.> Lord, thou hast proved me, and known me:
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Psalm 139:1 GW
O LORD, you have examined me, and you know me.
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Psalm 139:1 GNT
Lord, you have examined me and you know me.
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Psalm 139:1 HNV
<> LORD, you have searched me, And you know me.
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Psalm 139:1 LEB
O Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know [me].
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Psalm 139:1 NCV
Lord, you have examined me and know all about me.
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Psalm 139:1 NIRV
Lord, you have seen what is in my heart. You know all about me.
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Psalm 139:1 NIV
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
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Psalm 139:1 NKJV
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
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Psalm 139:1 NLT
For the choir director: A psalm of David. O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
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Psalm 139:1 NRS
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
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Psalm 139:1 RSV
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me and known me!
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Psalm 139:1 DBY
{To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David.} Jehovah, thou hast searched me, and known [me].
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Psalm 139:1 MSG
God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
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Psalm 139:1 WBT
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known [me].
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Psalm 139:1 TMB
<> O LORD, Thou hast searched me and known me.
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Psalm 139:1 WEB
<> Yahweh, you have searched me, And you know me.
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Psalm 139:1 WYC
To victory, the psalm of David. Lord, thou hast proved me, and hast known me; (To victory, the song of David. Lord, thou hast assayed, or tested, me, and thou knowest me;)
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Psalm 139:1 YLT
To the Overseer. -- A Psalm by David. Jehovah, Thou hast searched me, and knowest.
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Psalms 139 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 139

God knows all things. (1-6) He is every where present. (7-16) The psalmist's hatred to sin, and desire to be led aright. (17-24)

Verses 1-6 God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word, not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. Such thoughts should restrain us from sin.

Verses 7-16 We cannot see God, but he can see us. The psalmist did not desire to go from the Lord. Whither can I go? In the most distant corners of the world, in heaven, or in hell, I cannot go out of thy reach. No veil can hide us from God; not the thickest darkness. No disguise can save any person or action from being seen in the true light by him. Secret haunts of sin are as open before God as the most open villanies. On the other hand, the believer cannot be removed from the supporting, comforting presence of his Almighty Friend. Should the persecutor take his life, his soul will the sooner ascend to heaven. The grave cannot separate his body from the love of his Saviour, who will raise it a glorious body. No outward circumstances can separate him from his Lord. While in the path of duty, he may be happy in any situation, by the exercise of faith, hope, and prayer.

Verses 17-24 God's counsels concerning us and our welfare are deep, such as cannot be known. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from him. It would help to keep us in the fear of the Lord all the day long, if, when we wake in the morning, our first thoughts were of him: and how shall we admire and bless our God for his precious salvation, when we awake in the world of glory! Surely we ought not to use our members and senses, which are so curiously fashioned, as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. But our immortal and rational souls are a still more noble work and gift of God. Yet if it were not for his precious thoughts of love to us, our reason and our living for ever would, through our sins, prove the occasion of our eternal misery. How should we then delight to meditate on God's love to sinners in Jesus Christ, the sum of which exceeds all reckoning! Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all who fear the Lord. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them; with God their conversion and salvation are possible. As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by his word and Spirit. if there be any wicked way in me, let me see it; and do thou root it out of me. The way of godliness is pleasing to God, and profitable to us; and will end in everlasting life. It is the good old way. All the saints desire to be kept and led in this way, that they may not miss it, turn out of it, or tire in it.

Psalms 139 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


Psalms 139:1-24 . After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. Admonition to the wicked and comfort to the pious are alike implied inferences from these doctrines.