Psalm 139 New International Version

God's Omnipresence and Omniscience

139 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4  Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5  You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

7  Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10  even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11  If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," 12  even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

17  How precious to me are your thoughts,[1] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand- when I awake, I am still with you. 19  If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20  They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21  Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22  I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23  Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Footnotes

[1] 139:17 Or "How amazing are your thoughts concerning me"

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