To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David
1 O Jehovah! thou hast searched me and known me
2 Thou hast known my down sitting and my uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 My path and my lying down thou besiegest, And with all my ways thou art acquainted.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue [But] lo! O God! thou knowest it altogether.
5 Behind and before thou hast shut me up, And hast laid upon me thy hand.
6 Wonderful is thy knowledge above me; It is high, I cannot attain to it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? And whither from thy time shall I flee?
8 If I ascend up into the heavens, there thou art; If I lie down in the sepulcher, behold! thou [art there.]
9 Should I take the wings of the morning, That I may dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there thy hand shall lead me, And hold me shall thy right hand.
11 If I should say: |At least the darkness shall cover me; | |And the night shall be light for me;|
12 Even the darkness shall not hide from the And the night as the day shall shine, And the darkness as the light.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins; Thou hast covered me in the womb of my mother.
14 I will celebrate thee; for I have been fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvelous are thy works, And my soul shall know them full well.
15 Not hidden is my strength from thee, Which thou hast made in secret: I was woven together in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 My shapelessness see did thine eyes; In thy book all shall be written; They were formed in many days, And there was not one of them.
17 And towards me how precious are thy thoughts, O God! How great are the sums of them!
18 If I should count them; above the sand they shall be multiplied: I am awakened, and still I am with thee.
19 If thou shalt slay, O God! the wicked, Then ye men of bloods depart from me.
20 Who have spoken of thee wickedly: Taken thy name falsely have thy adversaries.
21 Thy haters, O Jehovah! shall not I hate? And with those that rise up against thee shall I not strive?
22 With perfect hatred I have hated them, As my enemies I have held them.
23 Search me, O God! and know my heart: Examine me and know my thoughts.
24 And know whether the way of wickedness be in me, And lead me in the way of this life.