139 Lord, you have examined me; you have known me. 2 You know when I rest[a] and when I am active.[b] You understand what I am thinking when I am distant from you.[c] 3 You scrutinize my life and my rest;[d] you are familiar with all of my ways. 4 Even before I have formed a word with my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely! 5 You encircle me from back to front, placing your hand upon me. 6 Knowledge like this is too amazing for me. It is beyond my reach, and I cannot fathom it.
The Magnitude of God
7 Where can I flee from your spirit? Or where will I run from your presence? 8 If I rise to heaven, there you are! If I lay down with the dead,[e] there you are! 9 If I take wings with the dawn and settle down on the western horizon[f] 10 your hand will guide me there, too, while your right hand keeps a firm grip on me. 11 If I say, “Darkness will surely conceal me, and the light around me will become night,”[g] 12 even darkness isn’t dark to you, darkness and light are the same to you.[h]
13 It was you who formed my internal organs,[i] fashioning me within my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, because you are fearful and wondrous![j] Your work is wonderful, and I am fully aware of it. 15 My frame was not hidden from you while I was being crafted in a hidden place, knit together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes looked upon my embryo, and everything was recorded in your book. The days scheduled[k] for my formation were inscribed, even though not one of them had come yet.[l]
17 How deep[m] are your thoughts, God! How great is their number! 18 Were I to count them, they would number more than the sand. When I awake, I will be with you.
19 God, if only you would execute the wicked, so that[n] the men guilty of bloodshed would get away from me, 20 who speak against you with evil motives, your enemies who are acting in vain. 21 I hate those who hate you, Lord, do I not? I loathe those who rebel against you, do I not ? 22 With consummate hatred I hate them; I consider them my enemies.
23 Examine me, God, and know my mind, test me, and know my thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive tendency[o] in me, and lead me in the eternal way.
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