Psalm 139:3
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New International Version
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

New Living Translation
You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.

English Standard Version
You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.

New American Standard Bible
You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

King James Bible
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways.

International Standard Version
You scrutinize my life and my rest; you are familiar with all of my ways.

NET Bible
You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; you are aware of everything I do.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You know my way and my steps and you have investigated all my ways.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You watch me when I travel and when I rest. You are familiar with all my ways.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou hast girded my walk and my rest, and hast prepared all my ways.

King James 2000 Bible
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

American King James Version
You compass my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

American Standard Version
Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, And art acquainted with all my ways.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast understood my thoughts afar off: my path and my line thou hast searched out.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways;

English Revised Version
Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

World English Bible
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

Young's Literal Translation
My path and my couch Thou hast fanned, And with all my ways hast been acquainted.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

139:1-6 God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word, not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. Such thoughts should restrain us from sin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Thou compassest (rather, siftest) my path and my lying down; literally, my path and my couch - the time of my activity and the time of my rest. And art acquainted with all my ways (comp. Psalm 119:168, "All my ways are before thee").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou compassest my path and my lying down,.... The Targum adds,

"to study in the law.''

His walk in the daytime, and every step he took, and his lying down at night. It denotes his perfect knowledge of all his actions, day and night; he surrounds every path of man, that they cannot escape his knowledge. Or, "thou winnowest", as some render the word (c); he distinguishes actions; he discerns and separates the good from the bad, or the goodness of an action from the evil and imperfection of it, as in winnowing the wheat is separated from the chaff. Or, "thou measurest my squaring" (d); all his dimensions, his length and breadth, as he lay down in his bed;

and art acquainted with all my ways; the whole of his life and conversation, all his works and doings: God knows all the evil ways and works of his people; he takes notice of them, and chastises for them; and all their good works, and approves and accepts of them; he knows from what principles of faith and love they spring, in what manner they are performed, and with what views, aims, and ends; see Revelation 2:2, Psalm 1:6.

(c) "ventilasti", Pagninus, Montanus; so Tigurine version and Ainsworth. (d) "quadraturam meam spithama mensurasti", Gussetius, p. 775. "spithama metiris", Cocceius.



Psalm 139:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
You have Searched Me and Know Me
2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.…
Cross References
Job 14:16
Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.

Job 31:4
Does he not see my ways and count my every step?

Psalm 56:8
Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll -- are they not in your record?

Psalm 119:168
I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.

Daniel 5:23
Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.
Treasury of Scripture

You compass my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

compassest. or, winnowest

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Job 14:16,17 For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin…

Job 31:4 Does not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, …

my path

Psalm 139:18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when …

Psalm 121:3-8 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber…

Genesis 28:10-17 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran…

2 Samuel 8:14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, …

2 Samuel 11:2-5,27 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his …

and art acquainted

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Proverbs 5:20,21 And why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace …

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, …

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