Psalm 139:11
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New International Version
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"

New Living Translation
I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night--

English Standard Version
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”

New American Standard Bible
If I say, "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,"

King James Bible
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night"--

International Standard Version
If I say, "Darkness will surely conceal me, and the light around me will become night,"

NET Bible
If I were to say, "Certainly the darkness will cover me, and the light will turn to night all around me,"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have said, “The darkness will shine to me and the night will shine upon my face.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I say, "Let the darkness hide me and let the light around me turn into night,"

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall shine because of me.

King James 2000 Bible
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

American King James Version
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

American Standard Version
If I say, Surely the darkness shall overwhelm me, And the light about me shall be night;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Perhaps darkness shall cover me: and night shall be my light in my pleasures.

Darby Bible Translation
And if I say, Surely darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night;

English Revised Version
If I say, Surely the darkness shall overwhelm me, and the light about me shall be night;

Webster's Bible Translation
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

World English Bible
If I say, "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me; the light around me will be night;"

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Surely darkness bruiseth me, Then night is light to me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

139:7-16 We cannot see God, but he can see us. The psalmist did not desire to go from the Lord. Whither can I go? In the most distant corners of the world, in heaven, or in hell, I cannot go out of thy reach. No veil can hide us from God; not the thickest darkness. No disguise can save any person or action from being seen in the true light by him. Secret haunts of sin are as open before God as the most open villanies. On the other hand, the believer cannot be removed from the supporting, comforting presence of his Almighty Friend. Should the persecutor take his life, his soul will the sooner ascend to heaven. The grave cannot separate his body from the love of his Saviour, who will raise it a glorious body. No outward circumstances can separate him from his Lord. While in the path of duty, he may be happy in any situation, by the exercise of faith, hope, and prayer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 11, 12. - If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. If I think to escape thee by plunging into darkness, and say to myself, "Surely the darkness shall screen me, and night take the place of light about me," so that I cannot be seen, even then my object is not accomplished; even the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day. Thy essential light penetrates every dark place, and makes the deepest gloom as radiant as the brightest sunshine. The darkness and the light are both alike to thee; literally, as the darkness, so the light; but the paraphrase of the Authorized Version gives the true sense.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me,.... The darkness of a cloud or of the night, so that my actions shall not be seen; that is, if I entertain such a thought in my mind, that what I do in the dark will escape the sight and knowledge of God, and so be emboldened to commit it;

even the night shall be light about me; and make all my works manifest, as light does.



Psalm 139:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
You have Searched Me and Know Me
10Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. 11If I say, "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night," 12Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.…
Cross References
Job 22:13
Yet you say, 'What does God know? Does he judge through such darkness?

Job 34:22
There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide.
Treasury of Scripture

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

surely

Psalm 10:11-13 He has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he hides his face; he …

Psalm 94:7 Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.

Job 22:12-14 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the …

Isaiah 29:15 Woe to them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and …

Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? said …

even the night

Job 12:22 He discovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light …

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