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{To the chief Musician.
A Psalm of David.}
Jehovah, thou hast searched me, and known [me].
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*Thou* knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off;
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Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways;
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For there is not yet a word on my tongue, [but] lo, O Jehovah, thou knowest it altogether.
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Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thy hand upon me.
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O knowledge too wonderful for me!
it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it.
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Whither shall I go from thy Spirit?
and whither flee from thy presence?
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If I ascend up into the heavens thou art there;
or if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou [art there];
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[If] I take the wings of the dawn [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
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Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
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And if I say, Surely darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night;
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Even darkness hideth not from thee, and the night shineth as the day: the darkness is as the light.
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For thou hast possessed my reins;
thou didst cover me in my mother's womb.
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I will praise thee, for I am fearfully, wonderfully made.
Marvellous are thy works;
and [that] my soul knoweth right well.
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My bones were not hidden from thee when I was made in secret, curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth.
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Thine eyes did see my unformed substance, and in thy book all [my members] were written;
[during many] days were they fashioned, when [as yet] there was none of them.
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But how precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
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[If] I would count them, they are more in number than the sand.
When I awake, I am still with thee.
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Oh that thou wouldest slay the wicked, O +God!
And ye men of blood, depart from me.
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For they speak of thee wickedly, they take [thy name] in vain, thine enemies.
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Do not I hate them, O Jehovah, that hate thee?
and do not I loathe them that rise up against thee?
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I hate them with perfect hatred;
I account them mine enemies.
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Search me, O God, and know my heart;
prove me, and know my thoughts;
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And see if there be any grievous way in me;
and lead me in the way everlasting.