Psalm 139:8
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New International Version
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

New Living Translation
If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.

English Standard Version
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

New American Standard Bible
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

King James Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.

International Standard Version
If I rise to heaven, there you are! If I lay down with the dead, there you are!

NET Bible
If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there. If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be.

New Heart English Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, look, you are there.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I shall ascend to Heaven, there you are, and if I would descend to Sheol, you are there also!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in the nether-world, behold, Thou art there.

New American Standard 1977
If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there;
            If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I ascend to the heavens, thou art there: if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.

King James 2000 Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there.

American King James Version
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there.

American Standard Version
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present.

Darby Bible Translation
If I ascend up into the heavens thou art there; or if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou [art there];

English Revised Version
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

World English Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there!

Young's Literal Translation
If I ascend the heavens -- there Thou art, And spread out a couch in Sheol, lo, Thee!
Study Bible
You have Searched Me and Know Me
7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,…
Cross References
Job 26:6
"Naked is Sheol before Him, And Abaddon has no covering.

Psalm 139:9
If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

Proverbs 15:11
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!

Jeremiah 51:53
"Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens, And though she should fortify her lofty stronghold, From Me destroyers will come to her," declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 32:25
"They have made a bed for her among the slain with all her hordes. Her graves are around it, they are all uncircumcised, slain by the sword (although their terror was instilled in the land of the living), and they bore their disgrace with those who go down to the pit; they were put in the midst of the slain.

Amos 9:2
"Though they dig into Sheol, From there will My hand take them; And though they ascend to heaven, From there will I bring them down.
Treasury of Scripture

If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there.

I ascend

Ezekiel 28:12-17 Son of man, take up a lamentation on the king of Tyrus, and say to …

Amos 9:2-4 Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though …

Obadiah 1:4 Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest …

in hell

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

Job 34:21,22 For his eyes are on the ways of man, and he sees all his goings…

Proverbs 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the …

Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he …

(8) If I make my bed in hell.--Literally, If I make Shel my bed. (For the thought see Amos 9:2, and comp. Proverbs 15:11; Job 26:6.)

This conviction that the underworld was not exempt from the vigilance and even from the visitation of Jehovah makes an advance in thought from Psalm 6:5 (where see Note), &c, where death is viewed as cutting off the Hebrew altogether from his relation to the Theocracy.

Verse 8. - If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; i.e. "if I were to ascend up into heaven, if I could do so, thou wouldst still be there - I should not find myself where thou wert not; no, nor even if I went down to hell (Sheol), should I escape thee - thou wouldst be there also." If I make my bed in hell means, "if I go down and take my rest in hell" - the place of departed spirits. Behold, thou art there; literally, behold, thou! If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there,.... No man hath ascended or can ascend to heaven of himself; it is an hyperbolical expression, as are those that follow; none but Christ has ascended to heaven by his own power, who descended from it; saints hope to go there at death, and, when they do, they find God there; that is his habitation, his throne is there, yea, that is his throne; here he keeps court and has his attendants, and here he will be seen and enjoyed by his people to all eternity;

if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there; which, if understood of the place of the damned, is a place of torment, and a very unfit one to make a bed in, being a lake burning with fire and brimstone; and where the smoke of their torment ascends for ever, and they have no rest day nor night; their worm never dies, and their fire is not quenched; and even here God is: hell is not only naked before him, and all its inhabitants in his view; but he is here in his powerful presence, keeping the devils in chains of darkness; turning wicked men daily into it, pouring out his wrath upon them, placing and continuing an unpassable gulf between them and happy souls: though rather this is to be understood of the grave, in which sense the word is often used; and so Kimchi, Aben Ezra, and Arama, interpret it of the lowest parts of the earth, as opposed to heaven; the grave is a bed to the saints, where they lie down and rest, and sleep till the resurrection morn, Job 14:12; and here the Lord is watching over and keeping their dust, and will raise it up again at the last day. The Targum is,

"there is thy Word.'' 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.
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