|[To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.]|
|O LORD, thou hast searched me and known me!||God all-knowing & ever-present. Psalm 139(v138)|
|Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up; |
thou discernest my thoughts from afar.
|Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, |
and art acquainted with all my ways.
|Even before a word is on my tongue, |
lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
|Thou dost beset me behind and before, |
and layest thy hand upon me.
|Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; |
it is high, I cannot attain it.
|Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? |
Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
|If I ascend to heaven, thou art there! |
If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there!
|If I take the wings of the morning |
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
|even there thy hand shall lead me, |
and thy right hand shall hold me.
|If I say, "Let only darkness cover me, |
and the light about me be night,"
|even the darkness is not dark to thee, |
the night is bright as the day;
for darkness is as light with thee.
|For thou didst form my inward parts, |
thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb.
|I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. |
Wonderful are thy works!
Thou knowest me right well;
|my frame was not hidden from thee, |
when I was being made in secret,
intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.
|Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; |
in thy book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
|How precious to me are thy thoughts, O God! |
How vast is the sum of them!
|If I would count them, they are more than the sand. |
When I awake, I am still with thee.
|O that thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God, |
and that men of blood would depart from me,
|men who maliciously defy thee, |
who lift themselves up against thee for evil!
|Do I not hate them that hate thee, O LORD? |
And do I not loathe them that rise up against thee?
|I hate them with perfect hatred; |
I count them my enemies.
|Search me, O God, and know my heart! |
Try me and know my thoughts!
|And see if there be any wicked way in me,|
and lead me in the way everlasting!
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