The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God
For the choir director. A psalm of David.
2You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
3You observe my travels and my rest;
4Before a word is on my tongue,
you know all about it, Lord.139:4 Heb 4:13
5You have encircled me;
6This wondrous knowledge is beyond me.
7Where can I go to escape your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?139:7 Jr 23:24
9If I fly on the wings of the dawn
and settle down on the western horizon,139:9 Lit the end of the sea
10even there your hand will lead me;
your right hand will hold on to me.139:9–10 Ps 23:2–3
11If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will be night”139:11 Jb 22:13–14 —
12even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night shines like the day;
13For it was you who created my inward parts;139:13 Lit my kidneys
14I will praise you
because I have been remarkably and wondrously made.139:14 DSS, some LXX mss, Syr, Jer read because you are remarkable and wonderful139:14 Hb obscure
Your works are wondrous,
and I know this very well.139:14 Ps 40:5
15My bones were not hidden from you
when I was made in secret,
16Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in your book and planned
before a single one of them began.139:16 Jb 14:5
17God, how precious139:17 Or difficult your thoughts are to me;
how vast their sum is!
18If I counted them,
when I wake up,139:18 Some Hb mss read I come to an end I am still with you.139:18 Ps 3:5
19God, if only you would kill the wicked —
20who invoke you deceitfully.
21 Lord, don’t I hate those who hate you,
and detest those who rebel against you?
22I hate them with extreme hatred;
23Search me, God, and know my heart;
24See if there is any offensive139:24 Or idolatrous way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way.139:24 Ps 16:11
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