Psalm 139:12

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Read Psalm 139:12 Using Other Translations

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

What does Psalm 139:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 139:12

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee
Any thing that is done by men in it; or "darkeneth not from thee" F9, or causeth such darkness as to hinder the sight of any action committed. The Targum is,

``from thy Word;''

see ( Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:13 ) ;

but the night shineth as the day;
or "enlightens as the day" F11, gives as much light with respect to God as the day does;

the darkness and the light [are] both alike [to thee];
as is the one, so is the other: the day gives him no more light than the night, and the night no more darkness than the day; he sees as well, as clearly and distinctly, in the one as in the other. The psalmist expresses the same thing in different words three or four times, as Kimchi observes, to show that so the Lord is, that thus it is with him; he has as clear a discerning of all things done in the darkest night as at bright noon day; see ( Job 34:21 Job 34:22 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (Kmm Kyvxy al) "non obscurabit a te", Montanus; "non obtenebrant", Gejerus; so Michaelis.
F11 (ryay) "illustrat", Junius & Tremellius; "illuminabit", Gejerus Michaelis; so Ainsworth.
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