1You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.2You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.3You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.4Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.5You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.7Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?8If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.9If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,10even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.11If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’12even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.16Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.17How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!18Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you.19If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!20They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.21Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?22I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.23Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
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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)