1 You have searched me,f Lord,
and you knowg me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;h
you perceive my thoughtsi from afar.
3 You discern my going outj and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.k
you, Lord, know it completely.l
5 You hem me inm behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,n
too loftyo for me to attain.
Where can I fleep from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens,q you are there;
if I make my bedr in the depths, you are there.
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.
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
14 I praise youy because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,z
I know that full well.
when I was madea in the secret place,
all the days ordainedd for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
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
21 Do I not hate thoseo who hate you, Lord,
and abhorp those who are in rebellion against you?
I count them my enemies.q
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive wayt in me,
and lead meu in the way everlasting.
1 Rescue me,v Lord, from evildoers;
protect me from the violent,w
2 who devise evil plansx in their hearts
and stir up wary every day.
3 They make their tongues as sharp asz a serpent’s;
protect me from the violent,
who devise ways to trip my feet.
5 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.
6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”g
Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.h
7 Sovereign Lord,i my strong deliverer,
you shield my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant the wickedj their desires, Lord;
do not let their plans succeed.
may the mischief of their lips engulf them.k
may they be thrown into the fire,l
into miry pits, never to rise.
may disaster hunt down the violent.m
12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poorn
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,q