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Psalm 139:1-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 139

The All-Knowing, Ever-Present God

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
You understand my thoughts from far away.
You observe my travels and my rest;
You are aware of all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue,
You know all about it, Lord.
You have encircled me;
You have placed Your hand on me.
This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.

Where can I go to escape Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?

Psalm 139:11-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will be night”
12 even the darkness is not dark to You.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;[a]
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.[b][c]
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.


  1. Psalm 139:13 Lit my kidneys
  2. Psalm 139:14 DSS, some LXX mss, Syr, Jer read because You are remarkable and wonderful
  3. Psalm 139:14 Hb obscure

Psalm 139:17-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 God, how difficult[a] Your thoughts are
for me to comprehend;
how vast their sum is!
18 If I counted them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand;
when I wake up,[b] I am still with You.


  1. Psalm 139:17 Or precious
  2. Psalm 139:18 Some Hb mss read I come to an end

Psalm 139:23-24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns.
24 See if there is any offensive[a] way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way.


  1. Psalm 139:24 Or idolatrous

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