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Psalm 139 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:1 - For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:2 - You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:3 - You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:4 - For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:5 - You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid 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 can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:8 - If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, 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 fall[fn] on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:12 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:13 - For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:14 - I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[fn]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:15 - My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:16 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:17 - How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:18 - If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:19 - Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:20 - For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:21 - Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:22 - I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:23 - Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 139:24 - And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
NKJV Footnotes
Vulgate and Symmachus read cover.
Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read You are fearfully wonderful.
Septuagint and Vulgate read They take Your cities in vain.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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