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Chapter 138

1Lord, thou hast proved me, and known me: 2thou hast know my sitting down, and my rising up. 3Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off: my path and my line thou hast searched out. 4And thou hast foreseen all my ways: for there is no speech in my tongue. 5Behold, O Lord, thou hast known all things, the last and those of old: thou hast formed me, and hast laid thy hand upon me. 6Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me: it is high, and I cannot reach to it. 7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy face? 8If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present. 9If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea: 10Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be my light in my pleasures. 12But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be light as day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are alike to thee. 13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast protected me from my mother's womb. 14I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well. 15My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth. 16Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them. 17But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. 18I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand: I rose up and am still with thee. 19If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart from me: 20Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in vain. 21Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee: and pine away because of thy enemies? 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred: and they are become enemies to me. 23Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my paths. 24And see if there be in me the way of iniquity: and lead me in the eternal way.

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