Psalm 139 NIV

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 O LORD, you have searched me1 and you know2 me.

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2 You know when I sit and when I rise;3 you perceive my thoughts4 from afar.

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3 You discern my going out5 and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.6

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4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely,7 O LORD.

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5 You hem me in8--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

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6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,9 too lofty10 for me to attain.

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7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee11 from your presence?

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8 If I go up to the heavens,12 you are there; if I make my bed13 in the depths,a you are there.

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9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,14 your right hand15 will hold me fast.

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11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark16 to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

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13 For you created my inmost being;17 you knit me together18 in my mother's womb.19

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14 I praise you20 because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,21 I know that full well.

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15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made22 in the secret place. When I was woven together23 in the depths of the earth,24

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16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained25 for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

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17 How precious tob me are your thoughts,26 O God!27 How vast is the sum of them!

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      18 Were I to count them,28 they would outnumber the grains of sand.29 When I awake,30 I am still with you.

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      19 If only you would slay the wicked,31 O God! Away from me,32 you bloodthirsty men!33

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      20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries34 misuse your name.35

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      21 Do I not hate those36 who hate you, O LORD, and abhor37 those who rise up against you?

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      22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.38

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      23 Search me,39 O God, and know my heart;40 test me and know my anxious thoughts.

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      24 See if there is any offensive way41 in me, and lead me42 in the way everlasting.

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