1 To him that excelleth. A Psalme of Dauid. O Lord, thou hast tried me and knowen me.
2 Thou knowest myHe confesses that neither our actions, thoughts or any part of our life can be hid from God, though he seems to be far off.downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 ThouSo that they are evidently known to you.compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted [with] all my ways.
4 For [there is] not a word in myYou know my meaning before I speak.tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thineYou so guide me with your hand, that I can turn no way, but where you appoint me.hand upon me.
6 Thy knowledge is too wonderfull for mee: it is so high that I cannot attaine vnto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thyFrom your power and knowledge?spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascende into heauen, thou art there: if I lye downe in hell, thou art there.
9 Let mee take the winges of the morning, and dwell in the vttermost parts of the sea:
10 Even there shall thy handYour power holds me so fast that there is no way I can escape from you.lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall beThough darkness is a hinderance to man's sight, yet is serves your eyes as well as the light.light about me.
12 Yea, the darkenes hideth not from thee: but the night shineth as the day: the darkenes and light are both alike.
13 For thou hastYou have made me in all parts and therefore must know me.possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I amConsidering your wonderful work in forming me, I cannot but praise you and fear your mighty power.fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wroughtThat is, in my mother's womb: which he compares to the inward parts of the earth.in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;Seeing that you knew me before I was composed of either flesh or bone, much more now must you know me when you have fashioned me.and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.
17 HowHow should we esteem the excellent declaration of your wisdom in the creation of man?precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 [If] I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake,I continually see new opportunity to meditate in your wisdom, and to praise you.I am still with thee.
19 Oh that thou wouldest slay, O God, the wicked and bloody men, to whom I say, Depart ye from mee:
20 Which speake wickedly of thee, and being thine enemies are lifted vp in vaine.
21 Do not IHe teaches us boldly to contemn all the hatred of the wicked and friendship of the world, when they would prevent us from serving God sincerely.hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with an vnfained hatred, as they were mine vtter enemies.
23 Try mee, O God, and knowe mine heart: prooue me and know my thoughtes,
24 And see if [there be any]Or any heinous or rebellious way: meaning that though he was subject to sin, yet he was not given to wickedness, and to provoke God by rebellion.wicked way in me, and lead me in theThat is, continue your favour toward me to the end.way everlasting.