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Psalm 139New King James Version (NKJV)

God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

139 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.[c]
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 139:11 Vulgate and Symmachus read cover.
  2. Psalm 139:14 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read You are fearfully wonderful.
  3. Psalm 139:20 Septuagint and Vulgate read They take your cities in vain.
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm 139GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

O Lord, you have examined me, and you know me.
    You alone know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You read my thoughts from far away.
    You watch me when I travel and when I rest.
    You are familiar with all my ways.
        Even before there is a single word on my tongue,
            you know all about it, Lord.
    You are all around me—in front of me and in back of me.
    You lay your hand on me.
        Such knowledge is beyond my grasp.
        It is so high I cannot reach it.

Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
Where can I run to get away from you?
    If I go up to heaven, you are there.
    If I make my bed in hell, you are there.
    If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun
        or land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets,
10             even there your hand would guide me
                and your right hand would hold on to me.
11     If I say, “Let the darkness hide me
        and let the light around me turn into night,”
12             even the darkness is not too dark for you.
                Night is as bright as day.
                Darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You alone created my inner being.
You knitted me together inside my mother.
14 I will give thanks to you
    because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.
        Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.
15 My bones were not hidden from you
    when I was being made in secret,
    when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was still an unborn child.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book
        before one of them had taken place.
17 How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God!
How vast in number they are!
18     If I try to count them,
        there would be more of them than there are grains of sand.
            When I wake up, I am still with you.

19 I wish that you would kill wicked people, O God,
    and that bloodthirsty people would leave me alone.
20         They say wicked things about you.
        Your enemies misuse your name.
21 Shouldn’t I hate those who hate you, O Lord?
Shouldn’t I be disgusted with those who attack you?
22     I hate them with all my heart.
        They have become my enemies.

23 Examine me, O God, and know my mind.
Test me, and know my thoughts.
24     See whether I am on an evil path.
        Then lead me on the everlasting path.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

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