O LORD, you have searched me1 and you know2 me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;3 you perceive my thoughts4 from afar.
You discern my going out5 and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.64
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely,7 O LORD.
You hem me in8--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,9 too lofty10 for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee11 from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens,12 you are there; if I make my bed13 in the depths,a you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,14 your right hand15 will hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark16 to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.