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Psalm 139:1-2 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 139[a]

The All-knowing and Ever-present God

For the leader. A psalm of David.


Lord, you have probed me, you know me:
    you know when I sit and stand;[b]
    you understand my thoughts from afar.


  1. Psalm 139 A hymnic meditation on God’s omnipresence and omniscience. The psalmist is keenly aware of God’s all-knowing gaze (Ps 139:1–6), of God’s presence in every part of the universe (Ps 139:7–12), and of God’s control over the psalmist’s very self (Ps 139:13–16). Summing up Ps 139:1–16, 17–18 express wonder. There is only one place hostile to God’s rule—wicked people. The psalmist prays to be removed from their company (Ps 139:19–24).
  2. 139:2 When I sit and stand: in all my physical movement.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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