Psalms – Chapter 139

The Bible – Old Testament

Psalms

Index

Int. 1. 2.138. 139. 140.149. 150.

Psalms

Chapter 139

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1 For the leader. A psalm of David. I LORD, you have probed me, you know me:

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2 you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.

3

My travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar.

4

Even before a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all.

5

Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me.

6

Such knowledge is beyond me, far too lofty for me to reach.

7

Where can I hide from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee?

8

If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.

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3 If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea,

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Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand hold me fast.

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4 If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light”  – 

12

Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one.

13

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.

14

I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew;

15

5 my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth.

16

Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.

17

How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them!

18

Were I to count, they would outnumber the sands; to finish, I would need eternity.

19

If only you would destroy the wicked, O God, and the bloodthirsty would depart from me!

20

Deceitfully they invoke your name; your foes swear faithless oaths.

21

Do I not hate, LORD, those who hate you? Those who rise against you, do I not loathe?

22

With fierce hatred I hate them, enemies I count as my own.

23

Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my concerns.

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6 See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the ancient paths.

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1 [Psalm 139] A hymnic meditation on God’s omnipresence and omniscience. The psalmist is keenly aware of God’s all-knowing gaze ( Psalm 139:1-6), of God’s presence in every part of the universe ( Psalm 139:7-12), and of God’s control over the psalmist’s very self ( Psalm 139:13-16). Summing up  Psalm 139:1-16,  17-18 express wonder. There is only one place hostile to God’s rule – wicked people. The psalmist prays to be removed from their company ( Psalm 139:19-24).

2 [2] When I sit and stand: in all my physical movement.

3 [9] Fly with the wings of dawn: go to the extremities of the east. Beyond the sea: uttermost bounds of the west; the sea is the Mediterranean.

4 [11] Night shall be my light: night to me is what day is to others.

5 [15] The depths of the earth: figurative language for the womb, stressing the hidden and mysterious operations that occur there.

6 [24] My way . . . the ancient paths: the manner of living of our ancestors, who were faithful to God’s will. Cf  Jeremiah 6:16.

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Index

Int. 1. 2.138. 139. 140.149. 150.

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