1 O Jehovah, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thoughts from afar.
3 You thoroughly search my path and my lying down,
And You are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For a word is not yet on my tongue,
And already You, O Jehovah, know it completely.
5 You have closed in on me behind and before
And have laid Your hand on me.
6 Oh, knowledge too wonderful for me!
It is so high; I cannot attain to it.
7 Where shall I go, away from Your Spirit,
And where shall I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, there You are.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn
And settle at the limits of the sea,
10 There also Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will take hold of me.
11 And if I say, Surely darkness will cover me,
And the light around me will be night;
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And night shines like day;
The darkness is like the light.
13 For it was You who formed my inward parts;
You wove me together in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am awesomely and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
And my soul knows it well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret,
Skillfully fashioned in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
And in Your book all of them were written:
The days that were ordained for me,
When not one of them was yet.
17 And how precious are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more than the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
19 Oh that You, O God, would slay the wicked -
Depart from me therefore, you men of bloodshed -
20 Those who speak of You with evil intent,
Who as Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Jehovah?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with a perfect hatred;
They have become my own enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there is some harmful way in me,
And lead me on the eternal way.