¶ To the chanter, a Psalm of David.O LORD, thou searchest me out, and knowest me. Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off. Thou art about my path and about my bed, and spiest out all my ways. For lo, there is not a word in my tongue, but thou, O LORD, knowest it altogether. Thou hast fashioned me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me, I can not attain unto it.
¶ Whither shall I go then from thy spirit? or, whither shall I go then from thy presence? If I climb up into heaven, thou art there: if I go down to hell, thou art there also. If I take the wings of the morning, and remain in the uttermost part of the sea: Even there also shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say: peradventure the darkness shall cover me, then shall my night be turned to day. Yea the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day, the darkness and light are both alike. For my reins are thine, thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks unto thee, for I am wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well. My bones are not hid from thee, though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth. Thine eyes see mine unperfectness, they stond all written in thy book: my days were fashioned, when as yet there was not one of them.
¶ How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God? O how great is the sum of them. If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand: when I wake up, I am present with thee. Wilt thou not slay the wicked (oh God) that the bloodthirsty might depart from me? For they speak unright of thee, thine enemies exalt themselves presumptuously. I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee: and I may not away with those that rise up against thee? Yea I hate them right sore, therefore are they mine enemies. Try me, O God, and seek the ground of mine heart: prove me, and examine my thoughts. Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.