For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
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
4 Before a word is on my tongue
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.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
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.
9 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.
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