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God's Omnipresence and Omniscience.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

1 O LORD, You have searched R4338 me and known me.

2 You know R4339 when F1468 I sit down and when F1469 I rise up;

You understand R4340 my thought from afar.

3 You scrutinize R4341 F1470 my path F1471 and my lying down,

And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even F1472 before there is a word on my tongue,

Behold, O LORD, You know R4342 it all.

5 You have enclosed R4343 me behind and before,

And laid R4344 Your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge R4345 is too R4346 wonderful for me;

It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

7 Where R4347 can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8 If R4348 I ascend to heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in Sheol, F1473 behold, You R4349 are there.

9 If I take the wings of the dawn,

If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

10 Even there Your hand will lead R4350 me,

And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness R4351 will overwhelm F1474 me,

And the light around me will be night,"

12 Even the darkness R4352 is not dark to F1475 You,

And the night is as bright as the day.

Darkness R4353 and light are alike to You.

13 For You formed R4354 my inward F1476 parts;

You wove R4355 me in my mother's womb.

14 I will give thanks to You, for I F1477 am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful R4356 are Your works,

And my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame R4357 F1478 was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the depths R4358 of the earth;

16 Your eyes R4359 have seen my unformed substance;

And in Your R4360 book were all written

The days R4361 that were ordained for me,

When as yet there was not one of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts R4362 to me, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they would outnumber R4363 the sand.

When I R4364 awake, I am still with You.

19 O that You would slay R4365 the wicked, O God;

Depart R4366 from me, therefore, men R4367 of bloodshed.

20 For they speak R4368 against F1479 You wickedly,

And Your enemies take R4369 F1480 Your name in vain.

21 Do I not hate R4370 those who hate You, O LORD?

And do I not loathe R4371 those who rise up against You?

22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;

They have become my enemies.

23 Search R4372 me, O God, and know my heart;

Try R4373 me and know my anxious thoughts;

24 And see if there be any hurtful R4374 F1481 way in me,

And lead R4375 me in the everlasting R4376 way.

F1468: Hebrew Negev
F1469: Lit delay sitting
F1470: Lit toils
F1471: Or heritage
F1472: Lit labor
F1473: Lit In the innermost parts of
F1474: Lit Much
F1475: Lit showed hostility toward
F1476: Lit Much
F1477: Lit showed hostility toward
F1478: Lit draws out
F1479: Lit palm
F1480: Hebrew Y\AH/
F1481: Lit for

R4338: Psalms 17:3; 44:21; Jeremiah 12:3
R4339: 2 Kings 19:27
R4340: Psalms 94:11; Isaiah 66:18; Matthew 9:4
R4341: Job 1:14:16; 31:4
R4342: Hebrews 4:13
R4343: Psalms 34:7; 125:2
R4344: Job 1:9:33
R4345: Romans 11:33
R4346: Job 1:42:3
R4347: Jeremiah 23:24
R4348: Amos 9:2-4
R4349: Job 1:26:6; Proverbs 15:11
R4350: Psalms 23:2,3
R4351: Job 1:22:13
R4352: Job 1:34:22; Daniel 2:22
R4353: 1 John 1:5
R4354: Psalms 119:73; Isaiah 44:24
R4355: Job 1:10:11
R4356: Psalms 40:5
R4357: Job 1:10:8-10; Ecclesiastes 11:5
R4358: Psalms 63:9
R4359: Job 1:10:8-10; Ecclesiastes 11:5
R4360: Psalms 56:8
R4361: Job 1:14:5
R4362: Psalms 40:5; 92:5
R4363: Psalms 40:5
R4364: Psalms 3:5
R4365: Isaiah 11:4
R4366: Psalms 6:8; 119:115
R4367: Psalms 5:6; 26:9
R4368: Jude 1:15
R4369: Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:11
R4370: 2 Chronicles 19:2; Psalms 26:5; 31:6
R4371: Psalms 119:158
R4372: Job 1:31:6; Psalms 26:2
R4373: Psalms 7:9; Proverbs 17:3; Jeremiah 11:20; 1 Thessalonians 2:4
R4374: Psalms 146:9; Proverbs 15:9; 28:10; Jeremiah 25:5; 36:3
R4375: Psalms 5:8; 143:10
R4376: Psalms 16:11


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