Psalm 139

1Lord, you tested me. You know all about me. 2You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts from far away. 3Lord, you know where I am going and when I am lying down. You know everything I do. 4Lord, you know what I want to say, even before the words leave my mouth. 5Lord, you are all around me— in front and in back of me. You gently put your hand on me. 6I am amazed at what you know. It is too much for me to understand. 7Your Spirit is in every place I go. Lord, I can’t escape you. 8Lord, if I go up to heaven, you are there. If I go down to the place of death, you are there. 9Lord, if I go east where the sun rises, you are there. If I go west to the sea, you are there. 10Even there your right hand holds me, and you lead me by the hand. 11Lord, I might try to hide from you and say, ”The day has changed to night. Surely the darkness will hide me.” 12But even darkness is not dark to you, Lord, The night is as bright as day to you. To you, darkness and light are the same. 13Lord, you made my whole body. You knew all about me while I was still in my mother’s body. 14Lord, I praise you! You made me in an amazing and wonderful way. I know very well that what you did is wonderful! 15You know all about me. You watched my bones grow while my body took shape, hidden in my mother’s body. 16You watched my body parts grow. You listed them all in your book. You watched me every day. Not one of them ˻is missing˼. 17Your thoughts are important to me. God, you know so much! 18If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand. And when I finished, I would still be with you. 19God, kill the wicked people. Take those murderers away from me. 20They say bad things about you. They say bad things about your name. 21Lord, I hate the people who hate you. I hate the people who turn against you. 22I hate them completely! Your enemies are also my enemies. 23Lord, look at me and know my heart. Test me and know my thoughts. 24See if I have any evil thoughts. And guide me on the path that continues forever.

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