Psalm 139 N.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 O Lord, thou hast me tried and known, my sitting down dost know, My rising up and thoughts far off thou understand'st also.
2 My path, yea, and my bed likewise thou art about always, And by familiar custom art acquainted with my ways:
3 No word is in my tongue, O Lord, that is not known to thee; Thou hast beset me round about, and laid thy hand on me.
4 Such knowledge is too wonderful, and past my skill to gain; It is so high, that I unto the same cannot attain.
5 From thy all-seeing Spirit then, Lord, whither shall I go? Or whither shall I fly away from thy presence also?
6 For if to heav'n I do climb up, 1o, thou art present there; In hell if I lie down below, e'en there thou dost appear:
7 Yea, let me take the morning wings, and let me go and dwell E'en in the very utmost parts, where flowing seas do swell:
8 Yet, certainly there also shall thy hand me lead and guide, And thy right hand shall hold me fast, and make me to abide:
9 Or if I say The darkness shall shroud me quite from thy sight, E'en then the night that is most dark about me shall be light.
10 The darkness hideth not from thee, but night doth shine as day; To thee the darkness and the light are both alike alway. The Second Part. 11 For thou possessèd hast my reins, and thou didst cover me, Within my mother's womb, when I was there enclosed by thee.
12 Thee will I praise; made fearfully and wondrously I am; Thy works are marvelous, right well my soul doth know the same.
13 My bones they are not hid from thee, although in secret place I have been made, and in the earth beneath I shapèd was.
14 When I was formless, then thy eye saw me, for in thy book Were all my members written, and nought after fashion took.
15 The thoughts therefore of thee, O God, how dear are they to me And of them all how very great the endless numbers be!
16 If I should count them, 1o, their sum more than the sand they be; And whensoever I awake I present am with thee.
17 The wicked and ungodly thou most certainly wilt slay: Therefore now, all ye bloody men, depart from me away.
18 These are the men, O Lord, who speak most wickedly of thee, And take thy Name in vain, because thy enemies they be.
19 Hate I not them that hate thee, Lord, and that in earnest wise Am I not grievèd with all those that up against thee rise?
20 I hate them with a perfect hate, e'en as my utter foes: Try me, O God, and know my heart, my thoughts prove and disclose.
21 Consider, Lord, if wickedness in me there any be; And in thy way, O God my guide, for ever lead thou me.