Book of Psalms (Author Moses, David, Solomon, Asaph, Eman, Ethan, sons of Core, compiled by Esdras)

139:1¤ Lord, thou hast proved me, and known me:

139:2Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up.

139:3Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off: my path and my line thou hast searched out.

139:4And thou hast foreseen all my ways: for there is no speech in my tongue.

139:5Behold, O Lord, thou hast known all things, the last and those of old: thou hast formed me, and hast laid thy hand upon me.

139:6Thy knowledge is become wonderful to me: it is high, and I cannot reach to it.

139:7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy face?

139:8If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present.

139:9If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea:

139:10Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me.

139:11And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be my light in my pleasures.

139:12But 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.

139:13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast protected me from my mother's womb.

139:14I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well.

139:15My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.

139:16Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written: days shall be formed, and no one in them.

139:17But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.

139:18I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand, I rose up and am still with thee.

139:19If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart from me:

139:20Because you say in thought: They shall receive thy cities in vain.

139:21Have I not hated them, O Lord, that hated thee: and pined away because of thy enemies?

139:22I have hated them with a perfect hatred: and they are become enemies to me.

139:23Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my paths.

139:24And see if there be in me the way of iniquity: and lead me in the eternal way.

140:1¤ Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: rescue me from the unjust man.

140:2Who have devised iniquities in their hearts: all the day long they designed battles.

140:3They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent: the venom of asps is under their lips.

140:4Keep me, O Lord, from the hand of the wicked: and from unjust men deliver me. Who have proposed to supplant my steps:

140:5The proud have hidden a net for me. And they have stretched out cords for a snare: they have laid for me a stumblingblock by the wayside.

140:6I said to the Lord: Thou art my God: hear, O Lord, the voice of my supplication.

140:7O Lord, Lord, the strength of my salvation: thou hast overshadowed my head in the day of battle.

140:8Give me not up, O Lord, from my desire to the wicked: they have plotted against me; do not thou forsake me, lest they should triumph.

140:9The head of them compassing me about: the labour of their lips shall overwhelm them.

140:10Burning coals shall fall upon them; thou wilt cast them down into the fire: in miseries they shall not be able to stand.

140:11A man full of tongue shall not be established in the earth: evil shall catch the unjust man unto destruction.

140:12I know that the Lord will do justice to the needy, and will revenge the poor.

140:13But as for the just, they shall give glory to thy name: and the upright shall dwell with thy countenance.

141:1¤ I have cried to thee, O Lord, hear me: hearken to my voice, when I cry to thee.

141:2Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight; the lifting up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.

141:3Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round about my lips.

141:4Incline not my heart to evil words; to make excuses in sins. With men that work iniquity: and I will not communicate with the choicest of them.

141:5The just shall correct me in mercy, and shall reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner fatten my head. For my prayer also shall still be against the things with which they are well pleased:

141:6Their judges falling upon the rock have been swallowed up. They shall hear my words, for they have prevailed:

141:7As when the thickness of the earth is broken up upon the ground: Our bones are scattered by the side of hell.

141:8But to thee, O Lord, Lord, are my eyes: in thee have I put my trust, take not away my soul.

141:9Keep me from the snare, which they have laid for me, and from the stumblingblocks of them that work iniquity.

141:10The wicked shall fall in his net: I am alone until I pass.

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