139:2 Thou knowest my a downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
(a) He confesses that neither our actions,
thoughts or any part of our life can be hid from God, though he seems to be
139:3 Thou b
compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted [with] all my ways.
(b) So that they are evidently known to you.
139:4 For [there is] not a word in my c
tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
(c) You know my meaning before I speak.
139:5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and
laid thine d hand upon me.
(d) You so guide me with your hand, that I can
turn no way, but where you appoint me.
139:7 Whither shall I go from
thy e spirit? or whither shall I flee
from thy presence?
(e) From your power and knowledge?
Even there shall thy hand f lead me, and
thy right hand shall hold me.
(f) Your power holds me so fast that there is no
way I can escape from you.
139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover
me; even the night shall be g light
(g) Though darkness is a hinderance to man's
sight, yet is serves your eyes as well as the light.
139:13 For thou hast h
possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
(h) You have made me in all parts and therefore
must know me.
139:14 I will praise thee; for I am i
fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul
knoweth right well.
(i) Considering your wonderful work in forming
me, I cannot but praise you and fear your mighty power.
139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I
was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought k
in the lowest parts of the earth.
(k) That is, in my mother's womb: which he
compares to the inward parts of the earth.
139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being
unperfect; l and in thy book all [my
members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there
was] none of them.
(l) Seeing that you knew me before I was composed
of either flesh or bone, much more now must you know me when you have
139:17 How m
precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
(m) How should we esteem the excellent
declaration of your wisdom in the creation of man?
139:18 [If] I should count them, they are more in
number than the sand: when I awake, n I
am still with thee.
(n) I continually see new opportunity to meditate
in your wisdom, and to praise you.
Do not I o hate them, O LORD, that hate
thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
(o) He teaches us boldly to contemn all the
hatred of the wicked and friendship of the world, when they would prevent us
from serving God sincerely.
And see if [there be any] p wicked way
in me, and lead me in the q way
(p) Or any heinous or rebellious way: meaning
that though he was subject to sin, yet he was not given to wickedness, and to
provoke God by rebellion.
(q) That is, continue your favour toward me to