1LORD, you have seen what is in my heart. You know all about me.2You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know what I’m thinking even though you are far away.3You know when I go out to work and when I come back home. You know exactly how I live.4LORD, even before I speak a word, you know all about it.5You are all around me, behind me and in front of me. You hold me safe in your hand.6I’m amazed at how well you know me. It’s more than I can understand.7How can I get away from your Spirit? Where can I go to escape from you?8If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the deepest parts of the earth, you are also there.9Suppose I were to rise with the sun in the east. Suppose I travel to the west where it sinks into the ocean.10Your hand would always be there to guide me. Your right hand would still be holding me close.11Suppose I were to say, ‘I’m sure the darkness will hide me. The light around me will become as dark as night.’12Even that darkness would not be dark to you. The night would shine like the day, because darkness is like light to you.13You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother’s body.14How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.15None of my bones was hidden from you when you made me inside my mother’s body. That place was as dark as the deepest parts of the earth. When you were putting me together there,16your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them.17God, your thoughts about me are priceless. No one can possibly add them all up.18If I could count them, they would be more than the grains of sand. If I were to fall asleep counting and then wake up, you would still be there with me.19God, I wish you would kill the people who are evil! I wish those murderers would get away from me!20They are your enemies. They misuse your name. They misuse it for their own evil purposes.21LORD, I really hate those who hate you! I really hate those who rise up against you!22I have nothing but hatred for them. I consider them to be my enemies.23God, see what is in my heart. Know what is there. Test me. Know what I’m thinking.24See if there’s anything in my life you don’t like. Help me live in the way that is always right.
English Standard Version
Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
1To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! (Ps 7:9; Ps 17:3; Ps 44:21; Jer 12:3)2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. (2Ki 19:27; Job 14:16; Job 31:4; La 3:63; Mt 9:4; Joh 2:24)3You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.4Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. (Heb 4:13)5You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. (Job 9:33; Job 19:8)6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. (Job 42:3; Ro 11:33)7Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? (Jer 23:24; Jon 1:3)8If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! (Job 26:6; Am 9:2)9If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,10even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Ps 23:3; Ps 139:24)11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” (Job 22:14)12even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. (Job 34:22; Da 2:22)13For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (De 32:6; Job 10:11)14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Ps 72:18)15My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. (Job 10:8; Ps 63:9; Ec 11:5)16Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Ps 56:8)17How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Ps 92:5)18If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. (Ge 22:17; Ps 40:5)19Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! (Ps 5:6; Ps 6:8; Ps 9:17; Isa 11:4)20They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain. (Ex 20:7; Jud 1:15)21Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? (Ps 26:5; Ps 59:1; Ps 119:158)22I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.23Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! (Ps 26:2)24And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Ps 139:10; Jer 6:16; Jer 18:15)