Psalm 139:17
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New International Version
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

New Living Translation
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

English Standard Version
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

New American Standard Bible
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

King James Bible
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God, how difficult Your thoughts are for me to comprehend; how vast their sum is!

International Standard Version
How deep are your thoughts, God! How great is their number!

NET Bible
How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! How vast is their sum total!

New Heart English Bible
How precious to me are your thoughts, God. How vast is the sum of them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But your friends are very precious to me, oh, God, and they have strengthened their rulers greatly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are!

JPS Tanakh 1917
How weighty also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

New American Standard 1977
How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God!
            How vast is the sum of them!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, how precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

King James 2000 Bible
How precious also are your thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

American King James Version
How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

American Standard Version
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.

Darby Bible Translation
But how precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

English Revised Version
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

Webster's Bible Translation
How precious also are thy thoughts to me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

World English Bible
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

Young's Literal Translation
And to me how precious have been Thy thoughts, O God, how great hath been their sum!
Study Bible
You have Searched Me and Know Me
16Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. 17How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.…
Cross References
Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation.

Psalm 36:7
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.

Psalm 92:5
How great are Your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep.

Psalm 119:160
The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. Shin.
Treasury of Scripture

How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

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Psalm 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are your wonderful works which you have done, …

Proverbs 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were …

Isaiah 55:8,9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, …

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts …

Ephesians 3:9,10 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which …

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Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you…

Psalm 36:7 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children …

(17) Precious.--Rather, weighty, the first meaning of the word. The parallelism requires this, as also the peculiar word for "thoughts," for which see Psalm 139:2. We have here the antithesis to that verse: while the Divine penetration discovers the most intimate thought of man, man finds God's secrets incomprehensible.

Verse 17. - How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! If God's works are admirable, and, therefore, precious, so still more are his thoughts - those deep counsels of his, which must have preceded all manifestation of himself in act or work. How great is the sum of them! Were they all added together, how immeasurable would be the amount! What a treasure of wisdom and knowledge; How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!.... The word (r) signifies that which is scarce and rare, and not to be attained and enjoyed; see 1 Samuel 3:1; the thoughts and counsels of God are impenetrable and unsearchable; he knows our thoughts, as Aben Ezra observes, but we do not know his, Psalm 139:2; as well as it likewise signifies the worth and value of them; God's thoughts are infinitely beyond ours, and infinitely more valuable and more important, and are concerning our welfare and happiness: it is marvellous that God should think of us at all; it is more so that his thoughts should not be thoughts of evil, to bring that evil upon its we deserve, but thoughts of peace and reconciliation in and by his Son, in whom he was reconciling the world to himself; thoughts of salvation and eternal life, and of the way and means of bringing it about; thoughts to provide for our present supply in this world, and to lay up for us for the world to come; see Jeremiah 29:11. It may be interpreted of the thoughts which David had of God in his meditations of him, which were sweet, precious, and comfortable to him; of his lovingkindness to him, covenant grace, precious promises, and gracious dealings with him; but the former sense seems best. The Targum is,

"to me how precious they that love thee, the righteous, O God!''

and so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, Syriac, and Arabic versions render it, "thy friends";

how great is the sum of them! or "the heads of them"; that is, not the chief of thy friends, but the sum of thy thoughts, these in the bulk, in the general, are not to be counted; and much less the particulars of them, these are not to be entered into or described.

(r) "difficiles", Cocceius; "quam rarae"; so some in Vatablus. 139:17-24 God's counsels concerning us and our welfare are deep, such as cannot be known. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from him. It would help to keep us in the fear of the Lord all the day long, if, when we wake in the morning, our first thoughts were of him: and how shall we admire and bless our God for his precious salvation, when we awake in the world of glory! Surely we ought not to use our members and senses, which are so curiously fashioned, as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. But our immortal and rational souls are a still more noble work and gift of God. Yet if it were not for his precious thoughts of love to us, our reason and our living for ever would, through our sins, prove the occasion of our eternal misery. How should we then delight to meditate on God's love to sinners in Jesus Christ, the sum of which exceeds all reckoning! Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all who fear the Lord. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them; with God their conversion and salvation are possible. As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by his word and Spirit. if there be any wicked way in me, let me see it; and do thou root it out of me. The way of godliness is pleasing to God, and profitable to us; and will end in everlasting life. It is the good old way. All the saints desire to be kept and led in this way, that they may not miss it, turn out of it, or tire in it.
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