Psalms 139:1

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

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.

Psalms 139:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
ESV
1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
NLT
1 O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
MSG
1 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
CSB
1 Lord, You have searched me and known me.

Psalms 139:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 139:1

O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known [me].
] The omniscience of God reaches to all persons and things; but the psalmist only takes notice of it as respecting himself. God knows all men in general, and whatever belongs to them; he knows his own people in a special manner; and he knows their particular persons, as David and others: and this knowledge of God is considered after the manner of men, as if it was the fruit of search, to denote the exquisiteness of it; as a judge searches out a cause, a physician the nature of a disease, a philosopher the reason of things; who many times, after all their inquiries, fail in their knowledge; but the Lord never does: his elect lie in the ruins of the fall, and among the men of the world; he searches them out and finds them; for be knows where they are, and the time of finding them, and can distinguish them in a crowd of men from others, and notwithstanding the sad case they are in, and separates them from them; and he searches into them, into their most inward part, and knows them infinitely better than their nearest relations, friends and acquaintance do; he knows that of them and in them, which none but they themselves know; their thoughts, and the sin that dwells in them: yea, he knows more of them and in them than they themselves, ( Jeremiah 17:9 Jeremiah 17:10 ) . And he knows them after another manner than he does other men: there are some whom in a sense he knows not; but these he knows, as he did David, so as to approve of, love and delight in, ( Matthew 7:23 ) ( 2 Timothy 2:19 ) .

Psalms 139:1 In-Context

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

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Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 17:3; Romans 8:27
  • 2. Psalms 44:21; Jeremiah 12:3