(as read by Anne)
139:1 Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know me.
139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts from afar.
139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
139:4 For there is not a word on my tongue, but, behold, Yahweh, you know it altogether.
139:5 You hem me in behind and before. You laid your hand on me.
139:6 This knowledge is beyond me. It’s lofty. I can’t attain it.
139:7 Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence?
139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there!
139:9 If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea;
139:10 Even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me.
139:11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me; the light around me will be night”;
139:12 even the darkness doesn’t hide from you, but the night shines as the day. The darkness is like light to you.
139:13 For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
139:14 I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well.
139:15 My frame wasn’t hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth.
139:16 Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them.
139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is their sum!
139:18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.
139:19 If only you, God, would kill the wicked. Get away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
139:20 For they speak against you wickedly. Your enemies take your name in vain.
139:21 Yahweh, don’t I hate those who hate you? Am I not grieved with those who rise up against you?
139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred. They have become my enemies.
139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts.
139:24 See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way