Psalms

Psalm 139 ©

1David acknowledgeth God's all-seeing providence: 14he praiseth him for the wonders of his formation; 17and for his infinite mercies: 19his confidence in the destruction of the wicked: 21his professed hatred of them: 23he prayeth for God's inspection and guidance.

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aTo the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

a Ps. 4, title.
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O LORD, bthou hast searched me, and known me.

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Thou knowest cmy downsitting and mine uprising, dthou understandest my thought afar off.

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Thou 1*compassest my path and my lying down, and eart acquainted with all my ways.

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For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, fthou knowest it altogether.

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Thou ghast beset me behind and before, and hlaid thine hand upon me.

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Such iknowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

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j*Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

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If kI ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, lbehold, thou art there.

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If I take mthe wings of the morning, and dwell in the *uttermost parts of the sea;

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Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

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If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; neven the night shall be light about me.

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Yea, othe darkness 2hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: 3the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

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For pthou hast possessed my *reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

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I will praise thee; for qI am fearfully and wonderfully made: rmarvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth 4right well.

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sMy 5substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

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Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being *unperfect; and in thy book 6all my members were written, 7which in continuance were fashioned, twhen as yet there was none of them.

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uHow precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

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If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: vwhen I awake, I am still with thee.

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wSurely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: xdepart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

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For ythey speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

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Do znot I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

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I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

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aSearch me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

a Ps. 26.1,2. v.1. Job 31.6.
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And bsee if there be any 8wicked way in me, and lead me in cthe way everlasting.