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Daily Bible Reading

December 5 - NT, Psalms & Proverbs


Psalms 139-140

Chapter 139

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 You have searched me,(a) Lord ,
     and you know(b) me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;(c)
     you perceive my thoughts(d) from afar.
3 You discern my going out(e) and my lying down;
     you are familiar with all my ways.(f)
4 Before a word is on my tongue
     you, Lord , know it completely.(g)
5 You hem me in(h) behind and before,
     and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,(i)
     too lofty(j) for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
     Where can I flee(k) from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens,(l) you are there;
     if I make my bed(m) in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
     if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,(n)
     your right hand(o) will hold me fast.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
     and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark(p) to you;
     the night will shine like the day,
     for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;(q)
     you knit me together(r) in my mother's womb.(s)
14 I praise you(t) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
     your works are wonderful,(u)
     I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
     when I was made(v) in the secret place,
     when I was woven together(w) in the depths of the earth.(x)
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
     all the days ordained(y) for me were written in your book
     before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a](z) God!(aa)
     How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,(ab)
     they would outnumber the grains of sand(ac)
     when I awake,(ad) I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!(ae)
     Away from me,(af) you who are bloodthirsty!(ag)
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
     your adversaries(ah) misuse your name.(ai)
21 Do I not hate those(aj) who hate you, Lord ,
     and abhor(ak) those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
     I count them my enemies.(al)
23 Search me,(am) God, and know my heart;(an)
     test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way(ao) in me,
     and lead me(ap) in the way everlasting.

Chapter 140

Psalm 140[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Rescue me,(a) Lord , from evildoers;
     protect me from the violent,(b)
2 who devise evil plans(c) in their hearts
     and stir up war(d) every day.
3 They make their tongues as sharp as(e) a serpent's;
     the poison of vipers(f) is on their lips.[b]

4 Keep me safe,(g) Lord , from the hands of the wicked;(h)
     protect me from the violent,
     who devise ways to trip my feet.
5 The arrogant have hidden a snare(i) for me;
     they have spread out the cords of their net(j)
     and have set traps(k) for me along my path.

6 I say to the Lord , "You are my God."(l)
     Hear, Lord , my cry for mercy.(m)
7 Sovereign Lord ,(n) my strong deliverer,
     you shield my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant the wicked(o) their desires, Lord ;
     do not let their plans succeed.

9 Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
     may the mischief of their lips engulf them.(p)
10 May burning coals fall on them;
     may they be thrown into the fire,(q)
     into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land;
     may disaster hunt down the violent.(r)

12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor(s)
     and upholds the cause(t) of the needy.(u)
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,(v)
     and the upright will live(w) in your presence.(x)

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