Good News Translation (GNB)
138

A Prayer of ThanksgivingPs 138 Hebrew title: By David.

1381I thank you, LORD, with all my heart;

I sing praise to you before the gods.

2I face your holy Temple,

bow down, and praise your name

because of your constant love and faithfulness,

because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme.138.2 Probable text your name and your commands are supreme; Hebrew your command is greater than all your name.

3You answered me when I called to you;

with your strength you strengthened me.

4All the kings in the world will praise you, LORD,

because they have heard your promises.

5They will sing about what you have done

and about your great glory.

6Even though you are so high above,

you care for the lowly,

and the proud cannot hide from you.

7When I am surrounded by troubles,

you keep me safe.

You oppose my angry enemies

and save me by your power.

8You will do everything you have promised;

LORD, your love is eternal.

Complete the work that you have begun.

139

God's Complete Knowledge and CarePs 139 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

1391LORD, you have examined me and you know me.

2You know everything I do;

from far away you understand all my thoughts.

3You see me, whether I am working or resting;

you know all my actions.

4Even before I speak,

you already know what I will say.

5You are all round me on every side;

you protect me with your power.

6Your knowledge of me is too deep;

it is beyond my understanding.

7Where could I go to escape from you?

Where could I get away from your presence?

8If I went up to heaven, you would be there;

if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.

9If I flew away beyond the east

or lived in the farthest place in the west,

10you would be there to lead me,

you would be there to help me.

11I could ask the darkness to hide me

or the light round me to turn into night,

12but even darkness is not dark for you,

and the night is as bright as the day.

Darkness and light are the same to you.

13You created every part of me;

you put me together in my mother's womb.

14I praise you because you are to be feared;

all you do is strange and wonderful.

I know it with all my heart.

15When my bones were being formed,

carefully put together in my mother's womb,

when I was growing there in secret,

you knew that I was there —

16you saw me before I was born.

The days allotted to me

had all been recorded in your book,

before any of them ever began.

17O God, how difficult I find your thoughts;139.17 how difficult I find your thoughts; or how precious are your thoughts to me.

how many of them there are!

18If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand.

When I awake, I am still with you.

19O God, how I wish you would kill the wicked!

How I wish violent people would leave me alone!

20They say wicked things about you;

they speak evil things against your name.139.20 Probable text they speakname; Hebrew unclear.

21O LORD, how I hate those who hate you!

How I despise those who rebel against you!

22I hate them with a total hatred;

I regard them as my enemies.

23Examine me, O God, and know my mind;

test me, and discover my thoughts.

24Find out if there is any evil in me

and guide me in the everlasting way.139.24 the everlasting way; or the ways of my ancestors.

140

A Prayer for ProtectionPs 140 Hebrew title: A psalm by David.

1401Save me, LORD, from evildoers;

keep me safe from violent people.

2They are always plotting evil,

always stirring up quarrels.

3

140.3:
Rom 3.13
Their tongues are like deadly snakes;

their words are like a cobra's poison.

4Protect me, LORD, from the power of the wicked;

keep me safe from violent people

who plot my downfall.

5The proud have set a trap for me;

they have laid their snares

and along the path they have set traps to catch me.

6I say to the LORD, “You are my God.”

Hear my cry for help, LORD!

7My Sovereign LORD, my strong defender,

you have protected me in battle.

8LORD, don't give the wicked what they want;

don't let their plots succeed.

9Don't let my enemies be victorious;140.9 Probable text Don't let my enemies be victorious; Hebrew unclear.

make their threats against me fall back on them.

10May red-hot coals fall on them;

may they be thrown into a pit and never get out.

11May those who accuse others falsely not succeed;

may evil overtake violent people and destroy them.

12LORD, I know that you defend the cause of the poor

and the rights of the needy.

13The righteous will praise you indeed;

they will live in your presence.