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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book V
 
CXXXIX
 
God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience
 
 
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
 
 
[1]  O JEHOVAH, thou hast searched me, and known me,
[2]  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising;
Thou understandest my thought afar off.
[3]  Thou searchest 1 out my path and my lying down,
And art acquainted with all my ways.
[4]  For there is not a word in my tongue,
But, lo, O Jehovah, thou knowest it altogether.
[5]  Thou hast beset me behind and before,
And laid thy hand upon me.
[6]  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain unto it.
[7]  Whither shall I go from thy Spirit?
Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
[8]  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there:
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.
[9]  If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
[10]  Even there shall thy hand lead me,
And thy right hand shall hold me.
[11]  If I say, Surely the darkness shall overwhelm 2 me,
And 3 the light about me shall be night;
[12]  Even the darkness hideth not from thee,
But the night shineth as the day:
The darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
[13]  For thou didst form my inward 4 parts:
Thou didst cover 5 me in my mother’s womb.
[14]  I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
Wonderful are thy works;
And that my soul knoweth right well.
[15]  My frame was not hidden from thee,
When I was made in secret,
And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
[16]  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance;
And in thy book they were all written,
Even the days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was none of them.
[17]  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
[18]  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:
When I awake, I am still with thee.
[19]  Surely 6 thou wilt slay the wicked, O God:
Depart from me therefore, ye bloodthirsty men.
[20]  For they speak 7 against thee wickedly,
And thine enemies take 8 thy name in vain.
[21]  Do not I hate them, O Jehovah, that hate thee?
And am 9 not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
[22]  I hate them with perfect hatred:
They are become mine enemies.
[23]  Search me, O God, and know my heart:
Try me, and know my thoughts;
[24]  And see if there be any wicked 10 way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
 
Note 1. Heb. words of song. [back]
Note 2. Or, cover. [back]
Note 3. Or, Then the night shall be light about me. [back]
Note 4. Heb. reins. [back]
Note 5. Or, knit me together. [back]
Note 6. Or, Oh that thou wouldest slay. [back]
Note 7. Or, utter thy name (Heb. thee) Or, as otherwise read, rebel against thee. [back]
Note 8. Or, lift themselves up against thee for vanity. [back]
Note 9. Or, do not I loathe. [back]
Note 10. Or, way of pain. [back]
 

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