Psalm 139:23
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New International Version
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

New Living Translation
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

English Standard Version
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

New American Standard Bible
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

King James Bible
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.

International Standard Version
Examine me, God, and know my mind, test me, and know my thoughts.

NET Bible
Examine me, and probe my thoughts! Test me, and know my concerns!

New Heart English Bible
Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Search me, oh God, and know my heart, and prove me and know my steps

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Examine me, O God, and know my mind. Test me, and know my thoughts.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Search me, O God, and know my heart, Try me, and know my thoughts;

New American Standard 1977
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
            Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts

King James 2000 Bible
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

American King James Version
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

American Standard Version
Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Prove me, O God, and know my heart: examine me, and know my paths.

Darby Bible Translation
Search me, O God, and know my heart; prove me, and know my thoughts;

English Revised Version
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts:

Webster's Bible Translation
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts:

World English Bible
Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts.

Young's Literal Translation
Search me, O God, and know my heart, Try me, and know my thoughts,
Study Bible
You have Searched Me and Know Me
22I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies. 23Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 2:4
Instead, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, not in order to please men but God, who examines our hearts.

Job 31:6
Let Him weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know my integrity.

Psalm 7:9
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.

Psalm 19:12
Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

Psalm 26:2
Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.

Psalm 139:22
I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.

Proverbs 17:3
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.

Jeremiah 11:20
But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously, Who tries the feelings and the heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them, For to You have I committed my cause.

Jeremiah 17:10
"I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.

Jeremiah 20:12
Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who test the righteous, Who see the mind and the heart; Let me see Your vengeance on them; For to You I have set forth my cause.
Treasury of Scripture

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

search me

Psalm 139:1 O lord, you have searched me, and known me.

Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

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Deuteronomy 8:2,16 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know my integrity.

Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

Malachi 3:2,3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when …

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

(23) Search.--The same word with which the psalm opens. The inevitable scrutiny of the Divine Being is invited.

Thoughts.--As in Psalm 94:19; a word meaning (Ezekiel 31:5) branches, and so expressing the ramifications of thought.

Verse 23. - Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. Examine me, and see if I have not represented my feelings as they really are. Keep on always searching me out (comp. ver. 1), and "trying my reins and my heart" (Psalm 26:2). My desire is to be proved and tested. Search me, O God, and know my heart,.... He had searched him, and knew his heart thoroughly;

try me, and know my thoughts; he had tried him, and knew every thought in him, Psalm 139:1. This therefore is not said for the sake of God; who, though he is the trier of hearts, and the searcher of the reins, is indeed a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart at once, and knows immediately what is in man; and needs no testimony of him, nor to make use of any means in order to know him and what is within him: but David said this for his own sake, that God would search and make known to him what was in his heart, and try him by his word, as gold is tried in the fire; or by anything difficult and self-denying, as he tried Abraham; or by any afflictive providence; or in any way he thought fit to make him acquainted thoroughly with himself. His sense is this, that if he knew his own heart and thoughts, and the inward frame and disposition of his soul, it was as he had expressed it; that he was grieved with sinners, and hated those that hated the Lord, even with a perfect hatred, and reckoned them as his enemies; but if it was otherwise, he desired to be searched and tried thoroughly, that it might be discovered: and he might say this also on account of others, who charged him falsely with things he was not conscious of; that never entered into his thoughts, and his heart knew nothing of, and could not accuse him with; and therefore he appeals to the heart searching God, that he would so lay open things that his integrity and innocence might appear to all; see Genesis 22:1. 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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