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GOD’S WORD Translation

Psalm 139:7–24

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Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?

Where can I run to get away from you?

If I go up to heaven, you are there.

If I make my bed in hell, you are there.

If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun

or land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets,

10  even there your hand would guide me

and your right hand would hold on to me.

11  If I say, “Let the darkness hide me

and let the light around me turn into night,”

12  even the darkness is not too dark for you.

Night is as bright as day.

Darkness and light are the same to you.

13  You alone created my inner being.

You knitted me together inside my mother.

14  I will give thanks to you

because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.

Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.

15  My bones were not hidden from you

when I was being made in secret,

when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop.

16  Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book

before one of them had taken place.

17  How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God!

How vast in number they are!

18  If I try to count them,

there would be more of them than there are grains of sand.

When I wake up, I am still with you.

19  I wish that you would kill wicked people, O God,

and that bloodthirsty people would leave me alone.

20  They say wicked things about you.

Your enemies misuse your name.

21  Shouldn’t I hate those who hate you, O Lord?

Shouldn’t I be disgusted with those who attack you?

22  I hate them with all my heart.

They have become my enemies.

23  Examine me, O God, and know my mind.

Test me, and know my thoughts.

24  See whether I am on an evil path.

Then lead me on the everlasting path.

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