Psalms 139

The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God


For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away.
3 You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord.
5 You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me.
6 [This] extraordinary knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to [reach] it.
7 Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol,[a] You are there.
9 If I live at the eastern horizon [or] settle at the western limits,[b]
10 even there Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold on to me.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will become night"-
12 even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For it was You who created my inward parts;[c] You knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.[d][e] Your works are wonderful, and I know [this] very well.
15 My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all [my] days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.[f]
17 God, how difficult[g] Your thoughts are for me [to comprehend]; how vast their sum is!
18 If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up,[h] I am still with You.
19 God, if only You would kill the wicked- you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me-
20 who invoke You deceitfully. Your enemies swear [by You] falsely.
21 Lord, don't I hate those who hate You, and detest those who rebel against You?
22 I hate them with extreme hatred; I consider them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.
24 See if there is any offensive[i] way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.

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Footnotes 9

  • [a]. Jb 17:13; Isa 14:11
  • [b]. Lit I take up the wings of the dawn; I dwell at the end of the sea
  • [c]. Lit my kidneys
  • [d]. DSS, some LXX mss, Syr, Jer read because You are remarkable and wonderful
  • [e]. Hb obscure
  • [f]. Ps 69:28; Ex 32:32; Jb 14:5
  • [g]. Or precious
  • [h]. Other Hb mss read I come to an end
  • [i]. Or idolatrous

Psalms 139 Commentaries

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