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Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me :
 you know when I sit or when I stand,
   you comprehend my thoughts long before.
You discern my path and the places where I rest :
 you are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue :
 but you, Lord, know it altogether.
You have encompassed me behind and before :
 and have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me :
 so high that I cannot endure it.
Where shall I go from your spirit :
 or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend into heaven you are there :
 if I make my bed in the grave you are there also.
If I spread out my wings towards the morning :
 or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand shall lead me :
 and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say ‘Surely the darkness will cover me :
 and the night will enclose me’,
The darkness is no darkness with you,
   but the night is as clear as the day :
 the darkness and the light are both alike.
For you have created my inward parts :
 you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise you, for you are to be feared :
 fearful are your acts, and wonderful your works.
You knew my soul,
   and my bones were not hidden from you :
 when I was formed in secret,
   and woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my limbs when they were yet imperfect :
 and in your book were all my members written;
Day by day they were fashioned :
 and not one was late in growing.
How deep are your thoughts to me, O God :
 and how great is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
   they are more in number than the sand :
 were I to come to the end, I would still be with you.
[If only you would slay the wicked, O God :
 if only the men of blood would depart from me!
For they affront you by their evil :
 and your enemies exalt themselves against you.
Do I not hate them, O Lord, that hate you :
 do I not loathe those who rebel against you?
I hate them with a perfect hatred :
 they have become my enemies.]
Search me out, O God, and know my heart :
 put me to the proof and know my thoughts.
Look well lest there be any way of wickedness in me :
 and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

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