Psalms 139

The Knowledge of God


For the [music] director. Of David. A psalm.

1 O Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know [me].
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up. You understand my thought from afar.
3 You search out my wandering and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For [there is] not a word [yet] on my tongue, [but] behold, O Yahweh, you know it completely.
5 You barricade me behind and in front, and set your hand upon me.
6 [Such] knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is set high; I cannot [prevail] against it.
7 Where I can go from your Spirit, or where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, there you [are], and if I make my bed [in] Sheol, look! [There] you [are].
9 If I lift up [the] wings of [the] dawn, [and] I alight on [the] far side of [the] sea,
10 even there your hand would lead me, and your right hand would hold me fast.
11 And if I should say, "Surely darkness will cover me, and [the] light around me [will be as] night,"
12 even [the] darkness is not too dark for you, and [the] night shines as the day-- the darkness [and] the light are alike [for you].
13 Indeed you created my {inward parts}; you wove me in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, because I am fearfully [and] wonderfully [made]. Wonderful [are] your works, and my soul knows [it] well.
15 My {frame} was not hidden from you, when I was created secretly, [and] intricately woven in [the] depths of [the] earth.
16 Your eyes saw my embryo, and in your book they all were written-- days fashioned [for me] when [there was] not one of them.
17 And to me, how precious are your thoughts, O God; how vast is their sum.
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber [the] sand. I awaken, and I [am] still with you.
19 If only you would kill the wicked, O God-- so get away from me, [you] {bloodthirsty men}--
20 who speak against you deceitfully. Your enemies take [your name] in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Yahweh? And do I [not] loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with a complete hatred; they have become my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 And see if [there is] in me {the worship of false gods}, and lead me in [the] way everlasting.

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Footnotes 11

  • [a]. The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
  • [b]. Hebrew "winnow"; or perhaps from another root, "measure"
  • [c]. Or "does not obscure from you"
  • [d]. Literally "kidneys"
  • [e]. Or "I am made wonderful fearfully"
  • [f]. Literally "bone"
  • [g]. Or "in the secret [place]"
  • [h]. Hebrew "unformed substance"
  • [i]. Or "difficult"
  • [j]. Literally "men of bloods"
  • [k]. Literally "a way of an idol"

Psalms 139 Commentaries

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