Psalm 139
New King James VersionNew Living Translation
1For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. O LORD, You have searched me and known me.1O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
2You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.2You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.3You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
4For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.4You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.
5You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.5You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?7I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!
8If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.8If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,9If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.10even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;11I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—
12Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.12but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.
13For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.13You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.14Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.15You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16Your 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.16You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!17How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!
18If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.18I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
19Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.19O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers!
20For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.20They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name.
21Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?21O LORD, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
22I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.22Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;23Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.24Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Psalm 138
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