(138-1) <Unto the end, a psalm of David.> Lord, thou hast proved me, and known me:
(138-2) Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up.
(138-3) Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off: my path and my line thou hast searched out.
(138-4) And thou hast foreseen all my ways: for there is no speech in my tongue.
(138-5) Behold, O Lord, thou hast known all things, the last and those of old: thou hast formed me, and hast laid thy hand upon me.
(138-6) Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me: it is high, and I cannot reach to it.
(138-7) Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy face?
(138-8) If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present.
(138-9) If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea:
(138-10) Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me.
(138-11) And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be my light in my pleasures.
(138-12) But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be light all the day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are alike to thee.
(138-13) For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast protected me from my mother’s womb.
(138-14) I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well.
(138-15) My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.
(138-16) Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them.
(138-17) But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.
(138-18) I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand, I rose up and am still with thee.
(138-19) If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart from me:
(138-20) Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in vain.
(138-21) Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee: and pined away because of thy enemies?
(138-22) I have hated them with a perfect hatred: and they are become enemies to me.
(138-23) Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my paths.
(138-24) And see if there be in me the way of iniquity: and lead me in the eternal way.