For the Music Director. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 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. 5 You men of blood: depart from me. 1 How blessed is anyone who rejects the advice of the wicked and does not take a stand in the path that sinners tread, nor a seat in company with cynics, 2 but who delights in the law of Yahweh and murmurs his law day and night. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. [a] Wonderful are thy works! 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? I think this refers both to God’s foreknowledge, and to the mystery of divine predestination and of our role in God’s plan. 10even there, your hand will lead me forth, and your right hand will hold me. And where will I flee from your face? 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 13For you have possessed my temperament. A Psalm. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. Psalm 139 reflects on the human condition, and specifically God’s interaction with the individual human experience. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. If I descend into Hell, you are near. Question me, and know my paths. 5Behold, O Lord, you have known all things: the newest and the very old. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. June 14, 2015. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. I rose up, and I am still with you. 1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 3You have understood my thoughts from afar. * [Psalm 139] A hymnic meditation on God’s omnipresence and omniscience. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? Traditional Catholic Living ~~ Random thoughts , catholic catechism and apologetics , many resources about oldest christian religion ~~ Father, hear our prayers for the Salvation of the world. Psalm 139. I think many believers find this to be so. 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. For there is no word in my tongue. 139. 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;. 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. Source. Psalm 139 The Inescapable God - To the leader. I praise your name for your mercy and faithfulness. . Question me, and know my paths. The psalmist prays to be removed from their company (Ps 139:19–24). You men of blood: depart from me. Psalm 139. Question me, and know my paths. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. when I received a pleasant surprise. 13For you have possessed my temperament. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. Psalm 139 is distinctive in that it describes the relationship between God and man with the emphasis on God’s perspective. A Spiritual Reflection on Psalm 139. There is one Psalm which it were well if Christians would do by it as Pythagoras by his Golden Precepts, --every morning and evening repeat it. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. George Leo Haydock. You men of blood: depart from me. PSALM 139 * The All-knowing and Ever-present God. My path and my fate, you have investigated. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. I return to it from time to time, not from a sense of nostalgia, but because the text is so reassuring. Where could I go from Your Spirit? A psalm. 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. For the director of music. 13For you have possessed my temperament. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. He knows our actions from the time we rise in the morning until the moment we go to bed at night. Question me, and know my paths. 4 Before a word is on my tongue. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. He calls us into being forms, “knits us” in our mother’s womb. O Lord, you have examined me, and you have known 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? If I descend into Hell, you are near. A Psalm of David. Rescue me from the iniquitous leader. Of David. the firmament proclaims the works of his hands. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. 6Your knowledge has become a wonder to 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. If I descend into Hell, you are near. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 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. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. with all my ways you are familiar. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. I rose up, and I am still with you. 1 O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me!. 2 You have known my sitting down and my rising up again. For the choir director. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 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. 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. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. Parish Resources. It has been reinforced, and I am not able to prevail against it. night unto night whispers knowledge. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. Question me, and know my paths. Psalm 139 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) Psalm 139[ a] The All-knowing and Ever-present God 1 For the leader. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. 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. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. And where will I flee from your face? Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. I rose up, and I am still with you. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 9If I assume my feathers in early morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, I can never get away from your presence! Donate to Parish. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. You have formed me, and you have placed your hand over me. Psalm 139 - NIV: You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. LORD, you have examined me and you know me. You men of blood: depart from me. 3 Thou searchest out my path and my lying down,. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. Thanks, God Bless! 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. For the leader. God knows you & your needs . A psalm of David. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. Psalm 139 – Praise and Prayer to the God Who Knows All and Is Everywhere. "This text narrates a religious encounter with God that affirms human worth. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. Question me, and know my paths. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. Rescue me, O Lord, from the evil man. 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. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 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. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? Question me, and know my paths. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. About this page. I. 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. 6Your knowledge has become a wonder to me. 4And you have foreseen all my ways. 4And you have foreseen all my ways. * [139:9] Take the wings of dawn: go to the extremities of the east. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 13For you have possessed my temperament. You have formed me, and you have placed your hand over me. 14I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. Psalm 139 Last night I was preparing to say evening prayer in the Little Office of the Virgin Mary (Ya Scapular wearers!) 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. I rose up, and I am still with you. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. Psalm 11:4,5 For they have destroyed the things which thou hast made: but what has the just man done? Topics. 1 For the leader. Font Size. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. Mass Readings For August 23, 2011 This beautiful psalm deserves to be pondered with “all our heart”—bringing our minds, emotions, and choices before the LORD and his inerrant word. 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. He knows our thoughts even before we think them. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. For there is no word in my tongue. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. Commentary, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-14, Anne E. Streaty-Wimblerly, The African American Lectionary, 2008. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. Question me, and know my paths. You know when I sit down and when I rise up;you discern my thoughts from far away. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. Of David. * [139:11] Night shall be my light: night to me is what day is to others. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. God's Complete Knowledge and Care#Ps 139 hebrew title: A psalm by David. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. 1Unto the end. Question me, and know my paths. 10even there, your hand will lead me forth, and your right hand will hold me. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 17But to me, O God, your friends have been greatly honored. A psalm of David. Employment. 6Your knowledge has become a wonder to me. 8If I ascend into heaven, you are there. Of course, Psalm 139 is a fairly well-known Psalm, and I decided to quote from the middle portion of the Psalm… O LORD, you have searched me and known me. Intimately Created – A Meditation on Psalm 139 You weren’t created to be Mother Theresa, or Oscar Romero, or Pope Francis, or Dorothy Day. Of David. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 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. My very self you know. Jer 6:16. Question me, and know my paths. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 4And you have foreseen all my ways. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. And where will I flee from your face? How could I hide from Your eyes? Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. Copyright 2019-2021 USCCB, please review our Privacy Policy, On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti). It is something of a composite psalm made up of a hymn, praise, thanksgiving, lament, confession, meditation and prayer. You have formed me, and you have placed your hand over me. A Psalm of David. You men of blood: depart from me. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. I rose up, and I am still with you. thou discernest my thoughts from afar. 7Where will I go from your Spirit? 13You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. It begins with God’s action: 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. 7Where will I go from your Spirit? 4 Even before a word is on my tongue,. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. If I descend into Hell, you are near. 3 You watch when I walk or lie down, you know every detail of my conduct. 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). Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. It has been reinforced, and I am not able to prevail against it. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 10even there, your hand will lead me forth, and your right hand will hold me. 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. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. Summing up Psalm 139:1-16, 17-18 express wonder. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. You know when I sit and when I stand up, you discern my inclinations from afar, you scrutinize my daily activities. Of David. Psalm 139 R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way. LORD, you know it all.. 5 Behind and before you encircle me Question me, and know my paths. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. And where will I flee from your face? 5Behold, O Lord, you have known all things: the newest and the very old. 9If I assume my feathers in early morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the sea, 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 139 The Inescapable God - To the leader. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. If I descend into Hell, you are near. * * * 1. You have hemmed me in both behind and in front and laid your hand on me. ©2021 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Explore more inspirational selections here. 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. 6Your knowledge has become a wonder to me. 21Do I not hate, LORD, those who hate you? We are wonderfully, fearfully made. For there is no word in my tongue. I. LORD, you have probed me, you know me:. 2) Psalm 139 was penned by King David. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? The Inescapable GodTo the leader. In his talk the Pope gave a commentary on Psalm 138(139):1-12. Psalms 139 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest and biblical scholar Rev. Scripture Formatting × Scripture Formatting. You hem me in, behind and before, Psalm 139 1 Psalm 139 For the director of music. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You sift through my travels and my rest;. A Psalm of David. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. God will never leave you. Maybe you’ve had people close to you leave you: a friend or even a parent. Can someone help me please understand this passage? That is the point of Psalm 139. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 13For you have possessed my temperament. I rose up, and I am still with you. 10even there, your hand will lead me forth, and your right hand will hold me. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. PSALM 139 * The All-knowing and Ever-present God. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 24And see if there might be in me the way of iniquity, and lead me in the way of eternity. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 139 1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me! Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more — all for only $19.99... Psalm 1 Psalm 2 Psalm 3 Psalm 4 Psalm 5 Psalm 6 Psalm 7 Psalm 8 Psalm 9 Psalm 10 ... Psalm 139 Psalm 140 Psalm 141 Psalm 142 Psalm 143 Psalm 144 Psalm 145 Psalm 146 Psalm 147 Psalm 148 Psalm 149 Psalm 150. Who have devised iniquities in their hearts: all the day long they designed battles. 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. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 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. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 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. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from far away. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. and layest thy hand upon me. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them. 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. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 3 You have understood my thoughts from afar. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 8If I ascend into heaven, you are there. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 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 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! Psalm 17:3 Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, thou hast tried me … Psalm 139:14 Cn Compare Gk Syr Jerome: Heb fearful things I am wonderful; Psalm 139:18 Or were I to come to the end I would still be with thee; Psalm 139:20 Cn: Heb uncertain; Psalm 139:24 Heb hurtful; Psalm 139:24 Or the ancient way. 21Have I not hated those who hated you, Lord, and wasted away because of your enemies? 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. 19O God, if only you would cut down sinners. * [139:15] The depths of the earth: figurative language for the womb, stressing the hidden and mysterious operations that occur there. Their first ruler has been exceedingly strengthened. A Psalm. 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). 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. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. It has been reinforced, and I am not able to prevail against it. 16Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be. 23Examine me, O God, and know my heart. 16Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. Question me, and know my paths. 18I will number them, and they will be more numerous than the sand. 20For you say in thought: They will accept your cities in vain. 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. You search out my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. You men of blood: depart from 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. 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. Summing up Ps 139:1–16, 17–18 express wonder. 11And I said: Perhaps darkness will overwhelm me, and the night will be my illumination, to my delight. 5Behold, O Lord, you have known all things: the newest and the very old. 22I have hated them with a perfect hatred, and they have become enemies to me. My inclinations from afar afar, you discern my going out and lying. Where shall I go from your Spirit womb of my spiritual life, Psalm 139:1-6,,. Appeal of a hymn, praise, thanksgiving, lament, confession, meditation and.! 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