1 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me;*
you know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thoughts from afar.
2 You examine my path and my places of rest,*
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my tongue,*
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
4 You have enclosed me behind and before,*
and have laid your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,*
so excellent I cannot attain to it.
6 Where shall I go then from your Spirit,*
or where shall I flee from your presence?
7 If I climb up to heaven, you are there;*
if I make my bed in the Grave, you are there also.
8 If I take the wings of the morning*
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
9 Even there shall your hand lead me,*
and your right hand shall hold me.
10 If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me,"*
then shall my night be turned to day.
11 Even the darkness is not dark to you, and the night is as clear as the day;*
the darkness and the light to you are both alike.
12 For you yourself made my inmost parts;*
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13 I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;*
marvelous are your works, and my soul knows it very well.
14 My bones were not hidden from you*
when I was made in secret and fashioned in the depths of the earth.
15 Your eyes beheld my substance, while I was yet unformed;*
and in your book were all my members written,
16 Which day by day were fashioned,*
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How dear to me are your thoughts, O God.*
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand.*
When I wake up, I am present with you.
19 Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God!*
Depart from me, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak unrighteously against you;*
your enemies take your Name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those, O Lord, who hate you,*
and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 Indeed, I hate them with a perfect hatred;*
they have become my own enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;*
try me and examine my thoughts.
24 Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me,*
and lead me in the way everlasting.
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