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Psalm 139–140

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me,f Lord,

and you knowg me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;h

you perceive my thoughtsi from afar.

You discern my going outj and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.k

Before a word is on my tongue

you, Lord, know it completely.l

You hem me inm behind and before,

and you lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,n

too loftyo for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I fleep from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens,q you are there;

if I make my bedr in the depths, you are there.

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,s

your right handt 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 darku to you;

the night will shine like the day,

for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;v

you knit me togetherw in my mother’s womb.x

14 I praise youy because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,z

I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

when I was madea in the secret place,

when I was woven togetherb in the depths of the earth.c

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordainedd for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts,a e God!f

How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,g

they would outnumber the grains of sandh

when I awake,i I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!j

Away from me,k you who are bloodthirsty!l

20 They speak of you with evil intent;

your adversariesm misuse your name.n

21 Do I not hate thoseo who hate you, Lord,

and abhorp those who are in rebellion against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them;

I count them my enemies.q

23 Search me,r God, and know my heart;s

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive wayt in me,

and lead meu in the way everlasting.

Psalm 140a

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Rescue me,v Lord, from evildoers;

protect me from the violent,w

who devise evil plansx in their hearts

and stir up wary every day.

They make their tongues as sharp asz a serpent’s;

the poison of vipersa is on their lips.b

Keep me safe,b Lord, from the hands of the wicked;c

protect me from the violent,

who devise ways to trip my feet.

The arrogant have hidden a snared for me;

they have spread out the cords of their nete

and have set trapsf for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”g

Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.h

Sovereign Lord,i my strong deliverer,

you shield my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant the wickedj their desires, Lord;

do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;

may the mischief of their lips engulf them.k

10 May burning coals fall on them;

may they be thrown into the fire,l

into miry pits, never to rise.

11 May slanderers not be established in the land;

may disaster hunt down the violent.m

12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poorn

and upholds the causeo of the needy.p

13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,q

and the upright will liver in your presence.s

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