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].

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.
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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee,.... Any thing that is done by men in it; or "darkeneth not from thee" (i), or causeth such darkness as to hinder the sight of any action committed. The Targum is,

"from thy Word;''

see Hebrews 4:12;

but the night shineth as the day; or "enlightens as the day" (k), gives as much light with respect to God as the day does;

the darkness and the light are both alike to thee; as is the one, so is the other: the day gives him no more light than the night, and the night no more darkness than the day; he sees as well, as clearly and distinctly, in the one as in the other. The psalmist expresses the same thing in different words three or four times, as Kimchi observes, to show that so the Lord is, that thus it is with him; he has as clear a discerning of all things done in the darkest night as at bright noon day; see Job 34:21.

(i) "non obscurabit a te", Montanus; "non obtenebrant", Gejerus; so Michaelis. (k) "illustrat", Junius & Tremellius; "illuminabit", Gejerus Michaelis; so Ainsworth.



Psalm 139:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
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.…
Cross References
1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

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

Psalm 19:2
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

Daniel 2:22
He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and 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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