If I … The Inescapable GodTo the leader. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. Question me, and know my paths. 12But darkness will not be impenetrable to you, and night will illuminate like the day: for just as its darkness is, so also is its light. In his talk the Pope gave a commentary on Psalm 138(139):1-12. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. . 9If I assume my feathers in early morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, https://www.patreon.com/catholickidsmediaContact us at: catholickidsmedia@gmail.com O Lord, you have examined me, and you have known me. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue,. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. I rose up, and I am still with you. Psalm 139 The Inescapable God - To the leader. 7Where will I go from your Spirit? Question me, and know my paths. [a] Wonderful are thy works! Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. A prayer to be delivered from the wicked. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. Psalm 139 The Inescapable God - To the leader. Based on the above, it seems the DR and RSV follow the ancient Greek Septuagint and Syriac translations and St Jerome’s Hebrew text and the KJV follows the later Masoretic Hebrew text. Psalm 139:16. The latter clause of Psalms 139:15 has been well rendered, "When I was wrought with a needle in the depths of the earth." For there is no word in my tongue. I rose up, and I am still with you. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. For there is no word in my tongue. This beautiful psalm deserves to be pondered with “all our heart”—bringing our minds, emotions, and choices before the LORD and his inerrant word. 9If I assume my feathers in early morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, 15My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. And where will I flee from your face? 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. a 3 Day unto day pours forth speech;. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? O LORD, you have searched me and known me. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 10even there, your hand will lead me forth, and your right hand will hold me. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. I rose up, and I am still with you. You have formed me, and you have placed your hand over me. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. Of David. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. This beautiful psalm deserves to be pondered with “all our heart”—bringing our minds, emotions, and choices before the LORD and his inerrant word. 139 1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me! The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB’s) mission is to encounter the mercy of Christ and to accompany His people with joy. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 6Your knowledge has become a wonder to me. "This text narrates a religious encounter with God that affirms human worth. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. Psalms 139 PSALM 139 God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience. 13For you have possessed my temperament. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. Psalm 139 1 Psalm 139 For the director of music. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. I. I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; a in the presence of the angels * to you I sing.. 2 I bow low toward your holy temple;. 13For you have possessed my temperament. I rose up, and I am still with you. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. 1 For the leader. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. Question me, and know my paths. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. with all my ways you are familiar. In two distinct moments, the Liturgy of Vespers -- on whose psalms and canticles we are meditating -- proposes to us the reading of a sapiential hymn of transparent beauty and of intense emotional impact, Psalm 138(139). 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. Font Size. The psalmist is keenly aware of God’s all-knowing gaze (Ps 139:1–6), of God’s presence in every part of the universe (Ps 139:7–12), and of God’s control over the psalmist’s very self (Ps 139:13–16). You men of blood: depart from me. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. Of David. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. A psalm. po18guy March 5, 2014, 8:25pm #3. 1 [Psalm 139] A hymnic meditation on God's omnipresence and omniscience. You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. and layest thy hand upon me. There is an evidence of allusion to the sacerdotal robes, and the undescribable texture of the human system is compared to the exquisite needlework of the high priest's garments. You men of blood: depart from me. 8If I ascend into heaven, you are there. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 8If I ascend into heaven, you are there. It clearly divides into 4 stanzas of 6 verses each in our English text. night unto night whispers knowledge. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. "Psalm 139 is something of an exception in the Old Testament, speaking strongly and positively about the individual." 15My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. Rescue me from the iniquitous leader. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. You search out my 13For you have possessed my temperament. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. Of David. Thanks, God Bless! If I descend into Hell, you are near. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Find a School. 2 Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up;. 10even there, your hand will lead me forth, and your right hand will hold me. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 12But darkness will not be impenetrable to you, and night will illuminate like the day: for just as its darkness is, so also is its light. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue,. Jer 6:16. Question me, and know my paths. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. Grant Mercy to all souls that turned away from You. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. Psalm 139 1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 12But darkness will not be impenetrable to you, and night will illuminate like the day: for just as its darkness is, so also is its light. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. * [139:15] The depths of the earth: figurative language for the womb, stressing the hidden and mysterious operations that occur there. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? You men of blood: depart from me. Question me, and know my paths. 7Where will I go from your Spirit? 13For you have possessed my temperament. Daily Readings. 5Behold, O Lord, you have known all things: the newest and the very old. You put Yourself behind and before me, and keep Your hand on me. 12But darkness will not be impenetrable to you, and night will illuminate like the day: for just as its darkness is, so also is its light. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 5Behold, O Lord, you have known all things: the newest and the very old. If I descend into Hell, you are near. I. LORD, you have probed me, you know me:. 1 For the leader. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. For the director of music. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. I rose up, and I am still with you. The psalmist prays to be removed from their company (Ps 139:19–24). Psalm 139 (Extract) Bible Funeral Reading. Guided prayer time for kids! You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. Because all humanity is fearfully and wonderfully made, all life is sacred (Genesis 9:6).Because all humanity is fearfully and wonderfully made, humanity is the pinnacle of creation created to resemble God and to fill the earth through procreation with fellow image-bearers of God. When you try to be someone you’re not, you’re going against the movement of the good spirit, the Spirit that calls you to be your true … 12But darkness will not be impenetrable to you, and night will illuminate like the day: for just as its darkness is, so also is its light. 15My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. Question me, and know my paths. lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.. 5 Thou dost beset me behind and before,. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. A psalm. with all my ways you are familiar. He knows our thoughts even before we think them. 5Behold, O Lord, you have known all things: the newest and the very old. You search my path and my lying down and are aware of all my ways. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? You men of blood: depart from me. 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. Unto the end. * [139:24] Lead me along an ancient path: the manner of living of our ancestors, who were faithful to God’s will, cf. Commentary, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-14, Anne E. Streaty-Wimblerly, The African American Lectionary, 2008. Rescue me, O Lord, from the evil man. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. thou discernest my thoughts from afar. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. Psalms chapter 139 KJV (King James Version) 1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Of course, Psalm 139 is a fairly well-known Psalm, and I decided to quote from the middle portion of the Psalm… Responsorial Psalm . 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. Psalm 17:3 Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast tried me … 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. It is David's appeal of a good conscience unto God, against the malicious suspicions and calumnies of men, in Ps 139:1-24. Whole Psalm. O Lord, you have probed me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. I praise your name for your mercy and faithfulness. Psalm 139. 7Where will I go from your Spirit? 7Where will I go from your Spirit? A psalm of David. A Psalm. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. It has been reinforced, and I am not able to prevail against it. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 2 The heavens declare the glory of God;. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: rescue me from the unjust man. Compare Jer 6.16 Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 15My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. About this page. 1 [For the choirmaster Of David Psalm] Yahweh, you examine me and know me, 2 you know when I sit, when I rise, you understand my thoughts from afar. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Excluding verses 19-22, this psalm is recommended for the Rite… 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139 is distinctive in that it describes the relationship between God and man with the emphasis on God’s perspective. However, “Rarely do hymns remind us of the kind of pervasive presence of God in our lives that might prompt a sense of holy fear.We are content with having God near us, but preferably not too near” (927). Question me, and know my paths. and art acquainted with all my ways. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. 2 You have known my sitting down and my rising up again. For there is no word in my tongue. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. LORD, you have examined me and you know me. It has been reinforced, and I am not able to prevail against it. 3You sift through my travels and my rest; 8If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; 11If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me. Copyright 2019-2021 USCCB, please review our Privacy Policy, On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti). 13For you have possessed my temperament. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. You have formed me, and you have placed your hand over me. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 7Where will I go from your Spirit? 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. Of David. 1 O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me!. Support this channel on Patreon! The psalm opens and closes with God’s knowledge of his people: “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!” (verse 1) “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. I rose up, and I am still with you. It has been reinforced, and I am not able to prevail against it. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. Psalm 139 reflects on the human condition, and specifically God’s interaction with the individual human experience. Psalm 139 is the 139th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. There is only one place hostile to God’s rule—wicked people. For the director of music. That is the point of Psalm 139. You men of blood: depart from me. I think many believers find this to be so. 9If I assume my feathers in early morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, This magnificent psalm is titled For the Chief Musician.A Psalm of David.It does not surprise us that such a significant psalm came from David’s pen, who was “the sweet psalmist of Israel” (2 Samuel 23:1). Question me, and know my paths. June 14, 2015. Parish Resources. It has the characteristics of both the didactic psalm and the wisdom psalm. 13For you have possessed my temperament. Psalms 139 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest and biblical scholar Rev. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. Psalm 139 Bible / Bible Versions / NKJV / Psalms / Psalm 139; Previous Book Previous Chapter Read the Full Chapter Next Chapter Next Book. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. I rose up, and I am still with you. 4And you have foreseen all my ways. Psalm 139 – Praise and Prayer to the God Who Knows All and Is Everywhere. 13For you have possessed my temperament. The psalmist is keenly aware of God's all-knowing gaze (Psalm 139:1-6), of God's presence in every part of the universe (Psalm 139:7-12), and of God's control over the psalmist's very self (Psalm 139:13-16). 9If I assume my feathers in early morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. It begins with God’s action: Of David. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. Question me, and know my paths. I rose up, and I am still with you. 3 You sift through my travels and my rest;. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from far away. 9If I assume my feathers in early morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 12But darkness will not be impenetrable to you, and night will illuminate like the day: for just as its darkness is, so also is its light. A Psalm of David. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? For the leader. Question me, and know my paths. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 11:4,5 For they have destroyed the things which thou hast made: but what has the just man done? 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. Psalm 139. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. I rose up, and I am still with you. 3You have understood my thoughts from afar. You men of blood: depart from me. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. You know when I sit down and when I rise up;you discern my thoughts from far away. If I descend into Hell, you are near. Eripe me, Domine. You men of blood: depart from me. Digital Academy. O LORD, you have searched me and known me. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. Psalm 139:7-14 Kelly Willard. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. You men of blood: depart from me. "This text narrates a religious encounter with God that affirms human worth. O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You men of blood: depart from me. 15My bones are not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 12But darkness will not be impenetrable to you, and night will illuminate like the day: for just as its darkness is, so also is its light. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. And where will I flee from your face? 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. 1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 8If I ascend into heaven, you are there. You men of blood: depart from me. 14I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB’s) mission is to encounter the mercy of Christ and to accompany His people with joy. 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. You men of blood: depart from me. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 6Your knowledge has become a wonder to me. You men of blood: depart from me. 14I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; my days were shaped, before one came to be. A Psalm. 7Where will I go from your Spirit? You hem me in, behind and before, 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 6Your knowledge has become a wonder to me. For there is no word in my tongue. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. I return to it from time to time, not from a sense of nostalgia, but because the text is so reassuring. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 15My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. I. For the Music Director. From the earliest days of my spiritual life, Psalm 139 has been a beloved passage. 12But darkness will not be impenetrable to you, and night will illuminate like the day: for just as its darkness is, so also is its light. PSALM 19 * God’s Glory in the Heavens and in the Law. 13For you have possessed my temperament. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the depths of the sea, Even the darkness hides nothing from You, And with Your hand You will lead me. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 15My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. PSALM 139 * The All-knowing and Ever-present God. 15My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. Psalm 139:23 Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my paths. Mass Readings For August 23, 2011 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. If I descend into Hell, you are near. 9If I assume my feathers in early morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, As the psalmist was given pause by the thought of God’s perv… 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. You are so familiar with all my ways that before I speak even a word, ADONAI, you know all about it already. 6Your knowledge has become a wonder to me. I rose up, and I am still with you. 15My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. My very self you know. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. 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