Psalm 139:4
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New International Version
Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.

New Living Translation
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.

English Standard Version
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.

New American Standard Bible
Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

King James Bible
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, LORD.

International Standard Version
Even before I have formed a word with my tongue, you, LORD, know it completely!

NET Bible
Certainly my tongue does not frame a word without you, O LORD, being thoroughly aware of it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If there is an alteration in my language, you, Lord Jehovah, know all these things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even before there is a [single] word on my tongue, you know all about it, LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the word is not even upon my tongue, and, behold, O LORD, thou dost know it altogether.

King James 2000 Bible
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, you know it altogether.

American King James Version
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, see, O LORD, you know it altogether.

American Standard Version
For there is not a word in my tongue, But, lo, O Jehovah, thou knowest it altogether.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou hast foreseen all my ways: for there is no speech in my tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
For there is not yet a word on my tongue, [but] lo, O Jehovah, thou knowest it altogether.

English Revised Version
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Webster's Bible Translation
For there is not a word on my tongue, but lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

World English Bible
For there is not a word on my tongue, but, behold, Yahweh, you know it altogether.

Young's Literal Translation
For there is not a word in my tongue, Lo, O Jehovah, Thou hast known it all!
Parallel Commentaries
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 4. - For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. What has been already said of deeds and thoughts is now extended to "words." God hears every word we speak.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For there is not a word in my tongue,.... Expressed by it or upon it, just ready to be spoken; or, as the Targum,

"when there is no word in my tongue:''

so Aben Ezra,

"before it was perfect in my tongue:''

before it is formed there; while it is in the mind, and not expressed, and even before that;

but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether; the whole of it, from whence it springs; the reason of it, what is designed, or the ends to be answered by it. The Lord knows the good words of his people, which they speak to him in prayer, even before and while they are speaking them; and what they say to one another in private conversation, Isaiah 65:24. See an instance of words known by Christ before spoken, in Luke 19:31.



Psalm 139:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
You have Searched Me and Know Me
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. 5You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.…
Cross References
Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Psalm 40:9
I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, LORD, as you know.
Treasury of Scripture

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, see, O LORD, you know it altogether.

there is not

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable …

Job 8:2 How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words …

Job 38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Job 42:3,6-8 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I …

Zephaniah 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem …

Malachi 3:13-16 Your words have been stout against me, said the LORD. Yet you say, …

Matthew 12:35-37 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, …

James 3:2-10 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, …

thou knowest

Psalm 50:19-21 You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit…

Jeremiah 29:23 Because they have committed villainy in Israel, and have committed …

Hebrews 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

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