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¶ O LORD, thou hast searched me and known me.
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Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thoughts from above.
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Thou knowest my way and my paths, and art acquainted with all my ways.
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For if there is deception in my tongue, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
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From the beginning to the end, thou knowest me, O LORD, for thou hast formed and laid thy hand upon me.
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Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
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Whither shall I go from thy Spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
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If I ascend into heaven, thou art there;
if I descend into Sheol, behold, thou art there also.
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If I lift up my wings like those of an eagle, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
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Even there also shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
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If I say, Surely the darkness shall be as light upon me;
even the night shall be light before my face.
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The darkness shall not be dark to thee;
but the night shines as the day;
the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
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For thou hast made my heart;
thou hast accepted me from my mother’s womb.
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I will praise thee, because of the wonders which thou hast done;
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knows right well.
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My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and marvellously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
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Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect;
and upon thy books all these things were written, even before day was and man was brought into existence.
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¶ How precious also are thy mercies to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them?
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If I should count the best of them, they are more in number than the grains of sand;
when I awake I am still with thee.
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Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God;
depart from me therefore, you bloody men.
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For they speak against thee, and have taken thy city without cause.
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I hate them, O LORD, who hate thee;
and I am grieved with those who rise up against thee.
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I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them mine enemies.
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Search me, O God, and know my heart;
try me, and know my ways,
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And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.