Psalm 139:9
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New International Version
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

New Living Translation
If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

English Standard Version
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

New American Standard Bible
If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

King James Bible
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits,

International Standard Version
If I take wings with the dawn and settle down on the western horizon

NET Bible
If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn, and settle down on the other side of the sea,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I shall lift my wings like an Eagle's and dwell at the end of the Sea

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun [or] land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I take the wings of the dawn and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

King James 2000 Bible
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

American King James Version
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

American Standard Version
If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea:

Darby Bible Translation
[If] I take the wings of the dawn [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

English Revised Version
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Webster's Bible Translation
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

World English Bible
If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Young's Literal Translation
I take the wings of morning, I dwell in the uttermost part of the sea,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 9, 10. - If I take the wings of the morning. If I were to speed across the earth on the wings of the dawn, and, having done so, were then to dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea - the extreme west, where the sun sets - even there shall thy hand lead me. In that distant region I should still find thy guiding hand. And thy right hand shall hold me. Thy strong right hand would uphold me.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If I take the wings of the morning,.... And fly as swift as the morning light to the east, to the extremity of it, as Ben Melech; as far as he could go that way, as swiftly as the wings of the morning could carry him thither; so the morning is represented by the Heathens as having wings (f); or as the rays of the rising sun, called wings for the swiftness of them, Malachi 4:2;

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; in the most distant isles of it, in the farthest parts of the world, the sea being supposed the boundary of it: or "in the uttermost parts of the west" (g), as opposed to the morning light and rising sun, which appear in the east; and the sea is often in Scripture put for the west, the Mediterranean sea being to the west of the land of Palestine; and could he go from east to west in a moment, as the above writer observes, there would God be. The Heathens represent Jupiter, their supreme god, as having three eyes, because he reigns in heaven, and in earth, and under the earth (h).

(f) Vid. Cuperi Apotheos. Homeri, p. 177. (g) "in novissimo occidentis", Pagninus. (h) Pausan. Corinthiaca, sive l. 2. p. 129.



Psalm 139:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
You have Searched Me and Know Me
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, 10Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.…
Cross References
Psalm 65:8
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

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

Psalm 139:10
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Amos 9:3
Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them.

Jonah 1:3
But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.
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