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Psalm 139 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:1 - To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:2 - You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:3 - You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:4 - Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:5 - You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:6 - Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:7 - Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:8 - If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:9 - If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:10 - even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:11 - If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:12 - even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:13 - For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:14 - I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[fn]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:15 - My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:16 - Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:17 - How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:18 - If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:19 - Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:20 - They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:21 - Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:22 - I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:23 - Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts![fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:24 - And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting![fn]
ESV Footnotes
Or for I am fearfully set apart
Hebrew lacks your name
Or cares
Or in the ancient way (compare Jeremiah 6:16)

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