Lord, thou hast searched me out, and known me.
knowest my down-sitting, and mine up-rising;
my thoughts long before.
Thou art about my path,
and about my bed, and spiest out all my ways.
For lo, there is
not a word in my tongue, but thou, O Lord, knowest it altogether.
Thou hast fashioned me behind and before, and laid
thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me;
cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go then from thy
Spirit? or whither shall I go then from thy presence? If I
climb up into heaven, thou art there;
if I go down to hell,
thou art there also.
If I take the wings of the morning, and remain
in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there also shall
thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say,
Peradventure the darkness shall cover me, then shall my
night be turned to day.
Yea, the darkness is no darkness with
thee, but the night is as clear as the day;
the darkness and
light to thee are both alike.
For my reins are thine;
thou hast covered me in my
I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully
and wonderfully made;
marvellous are thy works, and
that my soul knoweth right well.
My bones are not hid from
thee, though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect;
and in thy book were all my members written, which day by
day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God;
O how great is
the sum of them! If I tell them, they are more in number than
when I wake up, I am present with thee.
Wilt thou not slay the wicked, O God? Depart from me,
ye bloodthirsty men.
For they speak unrighteously against
and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.
Do not I hate
them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with
those that rise up against thee? Yea, I hate them right sore,
even as though they were mine enemies.
Try me, O God, and
seek the ground of my heart;
prove me, and examine my
Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me;
and lead me in the way everlasting.