1 LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
2 you know when I sit and stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
3 You sift through my travels and my rest;
with all my ways you are familiar.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
LORD, you know it all.
(You are interested in all my ways.)
5 Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me.
(You protect me.)
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
far too lofty for me to reach.
7 Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
(The last thing I want to do.)
8 If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, there you are.
9 If I take the wings of dawn
and dwell beyond the sea,
10 Even there your hand guides me,
your right hand holds me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”
12 Darkness is not dark for you,
and night shines as the day.
Darkness and light are but one.
(You are with me always, everywhere and in all conditions.)
13 You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works!
My very self you know.
(better than I know myself.)
15 My bones are not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
fashioned in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me unformed;
in your book all are written down;
my days were shaped, before one came to be.
17 How precious to me are your designs, O God;
how vast the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands;
when I complete them, still you are with me.
19 When you would destroy the wicked, O God,
(The Prince of this world and his minions)
the bloodthirsty depart from me!
20 Your foes who conspire a plot against you
are exalted in vain.
21 Do I not hate, LORD, those who hate you?
Those who rise against you, do I not loathe?
22 With fierce hatred I hate them,
enemies I count as my own.
(Indeed they are my enemies also.)
23 Probe me, God, know my heart;
try me, know my thoughts.
24 See if there is a wicked path (any sin) in me;
lead me along an ancient path. (of Christ)