Amplified Bible

Psalm 139

God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do];
You understand my thought from afar.

You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And You are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken],
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.

You have enclosed me behind and before,
And [You have] placed Your hand upon me.

Such [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high [above me], I cannot reach it.


Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), behold, You are there.

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 me,
And Your right hand will take hold of me.
11 
If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me,
And the night will be the only light around me,”
12 
Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You,
But the night shines as bright as the day;
Darkness and light are alike to You.

13 
For You formed my innermost parts;
You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.
14 
I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was being formed in secret,
And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth.
16 
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were appointed for me,
When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape].

17 
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 
If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 
[a]O that You would kill the wicked, O God;
Go away from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20 
For they speak against You wickedly,
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 
Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 
I hate them with perfect and utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.

23 
Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 
And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 139:19 In the first eighteen verses of this psalm, the psalmist acknowledges that God knows everything that the psalmist ever does, no matter when or where he does it. Although God’s vast knowledge of an individual’s deeds can be reassuring for the righteous, it should be frightening for the wicked. In verses 19-24, the psalmist distances himself from the wicked and asks God to help him live in such a way that pleases God.

New Russian Translation

Psalms 139

Псалом 139

1Дирижеру хора. Псалом Давида.

2Избавь меня, Господи, от злого человека,

сохрани меня от жестоких.

3Они замышляют зло в сердце,

постоянно готовы к войне.

4Изощряют свой язык, как змея;

у них на губах яд гадюки. Пауза

5Сохрани меня, Господи, от рук нечестивых,

огради от жестоких,

желающих поколебать мои стопы.

6Высокомерные спрятали силки для меня и петли,

разложили сеть по дороге,

расставили для меня западню. Пауза

7Я сказал Господу: «Ты – мой Бог;

услышь голос моих молений, Господи!

8Владыка Господи, сила моего спасения,

Ты прикрыл мою голову в день сражения.

9Не дай, Господи, желаемого нечестивому,

не дай успеха его злому замыслу,

чтобы не возгордился». Пауза

10Пусть головы окружающих меня

покроет зло их собственных уст.

11Пусть падут на них горящие угли;

пусть будут они повержены в огонь,

в глубокую пропасть, откуда не подняться им.

12Пусть не утвердится на земле злоязычный человек;

пусть зло преследует жестоких на погибель им.

13Я знаю, что Господь даст правосудие бедным

и заступится за нищих.

14Поистине, праведные будут славить Твое имя;

честные будут жить в Твоем присутствии.