Psalm 139:12
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New International Version
even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

New Living Translation
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

English Standard Version
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

New American Standard Bible
Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.

King James Bible
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You.

International Standard Version
even darkness isn't dark to you, darkness and light are the same to you.

NET Bible
even the darkness is not too dark for you to see, and the night is as bright as day; darkness and light are the same to you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the darkness will not darken from you, and the night will shine like the day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
even the darkness is not too dark for you. Night is as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same [to you].

JPS Tanakh 1917
Even the darkness is not too dark for Thee, But the night shineth as the day; The darkness is even as the light.

New American Standard 1977
Even the darkness is not dark to Thee,
            And the night is as bright as the day.
            Darkness and light are alike to Thee.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even the darkness does not hide from thee; but the night shines as the day; the darkness is as the light.

King James 2000 Bible
Yea, the darkness hides not from you; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to you.

American King James Version
Yes, the darkness hides not from you; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to you.

American Standard Version
Even the darkness hideth not from thee, But the night shineth as the day: The darkness and the light are both alike to thee .

Douay-Rheims Bible
But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be light as day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are alike to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Even darkness hideth not from thee, and the night shineth as the day: the darkness is as the light.

English Revised Version
Even the darkness hideth not from thee, but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yes, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

World English Bible
even the darkness doesn't hide from you, but the night shines as the day. The darkness is like light to you.

Young's Literal Translation
Also darkness hideth not from Thee, And night as day shineth, as is darkness so is light.
Study Bible
You have Searched Me and Know 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. 13For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.…
Word Study

Yea the darkness
choshek  (kho-shek')
the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness -- dark(-ness), night, obscurity.

hideth
chashak  (khaw-shak')
to be dark (as withholding light); transitively, to darken -- be black, be (make) dark, darken, cause darkness, be dim, hide.

not from thee but the night
layil  (lah'-yil)
a twist (away of the light), i.e. night; figuratively, adversity -- (mid-)night (season).

shineth
'owr  (ore)
to be (causative, make) luminous (literally and metaphorically) -- break of day, glorious, kindle, (be, en-, give, show) light (-en, -ened), set on fire, shine.

as the day
yowm  (yome)
a day (as the warm hours),

the darkness
chashekah  (khash-ay-kaw')
darkness; figuratively, misery -- darkness.

and the light
'owrah  (o-raw')
luminousness, i.e. (figuratively) prosperity; also a plant (as being bright) -- herb, light.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
1 John 1:5
And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

Job 34:22
"There is no darkness or deep shadow Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Psalm 19:2
Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.

Daniel 2:22
"It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.
Treasury of Scripture

Yes, the darkness hides not from you; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to you.

the darkness

Exodus 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; …

Exodus 20:21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness …

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity …

Daniel 2:22 He reveals the deep and secret things: he knows what is in the darkness, …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

hideth not. Heb. darkeneth not
the darkness, etc. Heb. as is the darkness, so is the light.

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