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Psalms 139:2

    Psalms 139:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; Thou understandest my thought afar off.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    You have knowledge when I am seated and when I get up, you see my thoughts from far away.

    Webster's Revision

    Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; Thou understandest my thought afar off.

    World English Bible

    You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts from afar.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 139:2

    My downsitting and mine uprising - Even these inconsiderable and casual things are under thy continual notice. I cannot so much as take a seat, or leave it, without being marked by thee.

    Thou understandest my thought - לרעי lerei, "my cogitation." This word is Chaldee, see Daniel 2:29, Daniel 2:30.

    Afar off - While the figment is forming that shall produce them.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 139:2

    Thou knowest my downsitting ... - In the various circumstances of life, thou knowest me. Thou knowest me in one place as well as in another. I cannot so change my position that thou will not see me, and that thou wilt not be perfectly acquainted with all that I say, and all that I do. In every posture, in every movement, in every occupation, thou hast a full knowledge of me. I cannot go out of thy sight; I cannot put myself into such a position that thou wilt not see me.

    Thou understandest my thought - Hebrew, "As to my thought." That is, Thou seest what my plans are; what I design to do; "what I am thinking about." A most solemn reflection! How unwilling would bad people be - would even good people be - to have those round about them know always "what they are thinking about."

    Afar off - Not when the "thought" is far off; but "thou," being far off, seest us as clearly as if thou wert near. I cannot go to such a distance from thee that thou wilt not see perfectly all that I am thinking about.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 139:2

    139:2 Afar off - Thou knowest what my thoughts will be in such and such circumstances, long before I know it, yea from all eternity.