Psalm 139

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

You have searched me,(A) Lord,
    and you know(B) me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;(C)
    you perceive my thoughts(D) from afar.
You discern my going out(E) and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.(F)
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.(G)
You hem me in(H) behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,(I)
    too lofty(J) for me to attain.

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13 For you created my inmost being;(A)
    you knit me together(B) in my mother’s womb.(C)
14 I praise you(D) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,(E)
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made(F) in the secret place,
    when I was woven together(G) in the depths of the earth.(H)
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained(I) for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a](J) God!(K)
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,(L)
    they would outnumber the grains of sand(M)
    when I awake,(N) I am still with you.

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  1. Psalm 139:17 Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me

14 “However, the days are coming,”(A) declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’(B) 15 but it will be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north(C) and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’(D) For I will restore(E) them to the land I gave their ancestors.(F)

16 “But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them.(G) After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt(H) them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.(I) 17 My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden(J) from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.(K) 18 I will repay(L) them double(M) for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land(N) with the lifeless forms of their vile images(O) and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.(P)(Q)

19 Lord, my strength and my fortress,
    my refuge(R) in time of distress,
to you the nations will come(S)
    from the ends of the earth and say,
“Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods,(T)
    worthless idols(U) that did them no good.(V)
20 Do people make their own gods?
    Yes, but they are not gods!”(W)

21 “Therefore I will teach them—
    this time I will teach them
    my power and might.
Then they will know
    that my name(X) is the Lord.

17 “Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool,(Y)
    inscribed with a flint point,
on the tablets of their hearts(Z)
    and on the horns(AA) of their altars.
Even their children remember
    their altars and Asherah poles[a](AB)
beside the spreading trees
    and on the high hills.(AC)
My mountain in the land
    and your[b] wealth and all your treasures
I will give away as plunder,(AD)
    together with your high places,(AE)
    because of sin throughout your country.(AF)
Through your own fault you will lose
    the inheritance(AG) I gave you.
I will enslave you to your enemies(AH)
    in a land(AI) you do not know,
for you have kindled my anger,
    and it will burn(AJ) forever.”


  1. Jeremiah 17:2 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah
  2. Jeremiah 17:3 Or hills / and the mountains of the land. / Your

Final Greetings

Tychicus(A) will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant[a](B) in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our[b] circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.(C) He is coming with Onesimus,(D) our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you.(E) They will tell you everything that is happening here.

10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus(F) sends you his greetings, as does Mark,(G) the cousin of Barnabas.(H) (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[c] among my co-workers(I) for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras,(J) who is one of you(K) and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you,(L) that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature(M) and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea(N) and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke,(O) the doctor, and Demas(P) send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea,(Q) and to Nympha and the church in her house.(R)

16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read(S) in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

17 Tell Archippus:(T) “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”(U)

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  1. Colossians 4:7 Or slave; also in verse 12
  2. Colossians 4:8 Some manuscripts that he may know about your
  3. Colossians 4:11 Greek only ones of the circumcision group

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