Psalms 139:1-12

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

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.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

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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 139:1-12 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 139:1-12 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.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

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Cross References 16

  • 1. S Psalms 17:3; Romans 8:27
  • 2. Psalms 44:21; Jeremiah 12:3
  • 3. 2 Kings 19:27
  • 4. Psalms 94:11; Proverbs 24:12; Jeremiah 12:3; Matthew 9:4; John 2:24
  • 5. 2 Kings 19:27
  • 6. S Job 31:4
  • 7. S Hebrews 4:13
  • 8. S 1 Samuel 25:16; Psalms 32:10; Psalms 34:7; Psalms 125:2
  • 9. S Psalms 131:1
  • 10. Job 42:3; Romans 11:33
  • 11. Jeremiah 23:24; John 1:3
  • 12. Deuteronomy 30:12-15; Amos 9:2-3
  • 13. Job 17:13; Proverbs 15:11
  • 14. Psalms 23:3
  • 15. Psalms 108:6; Isaiah 41:10
  • 16. Job 34:22; Daniel 2:22
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