Psalm 139:12
New International Version
even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

New Living Translation
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

English Standard Version
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Berean Study Bible
even the darkness is not dark to You, but the night shines like the day, for darkness is as light to You.

King James Bible
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

New King James Version
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

New American Standard Bible
Even darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.

NASB 1995
Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.

NASB 1977
Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee.

Amplified Bible
Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You, But the night shines as bright as the day; Darkness and light are alike to You.

Christian Standard Bible
even the darkness is not dark to you. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You.

American Standard Version
Even the darkness hideth not from thee, But the night shineth as the day: The darkness and the light are both alike to thee .

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the darkness will not darken from you, the night will shine like the day and the darkness as the light.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For darkness will not be darkness with thee; but night will be light as day: as its darkness, so shall its light be to thee.

Contemporary English Version
But you see in the dark because daylight and dark are all the same to you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But darkness shall not be dark to thee, and night shall be light as day: the darkness thereof, and the light thereof are alike to thee.

English Revised Version
Even the darkness hideth not from thee, but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Good News Translation
but even darkness is not dark for you, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
even the darkness is not too dark for you. Night is as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same [to you].

International Standard Version
even darkness isn't dark to you, darkness and light are the same to you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Even the darkness is not too dark for Thee, But the night shineth as the day; The darkness is even as the light.

Literal Standard Version
Also darkness does not hide from You, "" And night shines as day, "" As [is] darkness so [is] light.

NET Bible
even the darkness is not too dark for you to see, and the night is as bright as day; darkness and light are the same to you.

New Heart English Bible
even the darkness doesn't hide from you, but the night shines as the day. The darkness is like light to you.

World English Bible
even the darkness doesn't hide from you, but the night shines as the day. The darkness is like light to you.

Young's Literal Translation
Also darkness hideth not from Thee, And night as day shineth, as is darkness so is light.

Additional Translations ...
Context
You Have Searched Me and Known Me
11If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light become night around me”— 12even the darkness is not dark to You, but the night shines like the day, for darkness is as light to You. 13For You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.…

Cross References
1 John 1:5
And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

Job 34:22
There is no darkness or deep shadow where the workers of iniquity can hide.

Psalm 19:2
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

Daniel 2:22
He reveals the deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.


Treasury of Scripture

Yes, the darkness hides not from you; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to you.

the darkness

Exodus 14:20
And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Exodus 20:21
And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

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

hideth not.









(12) Hideth not.--Better to keep as near as possible to the original maketh not dark. Others render cannot be too dark for thee. The highest development of the psalmist's thought is of course to be found in St. John's declaration, "God is light and in Him is no darkness at all."

Shineth.--Or, giveth light.

The darkness . . .--Literally, as darkness, so light.

"God is the light which, never seen itself, makes all things visible, and clothes itself in colours."--RICHTER.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
even
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

the darkness
חֹשֶׁךְ֮ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

is not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

dark
יַחְשִׁ֪יךְ (yaḥ·šîḵ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2821: To be dark, to darken

to You,
מִ֫מֶּ֥ךָ (mim·me·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

but the night
וְ֭לַיְלָה (wə·lay·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3915: A twist, night, adversity

shines
יָאִ֑יר (yā·’îr)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 215: To be or become light

like the day,
כַּיּ֣וֹם (kay·yō·wm)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

for darkness
כַּ֝חֲשֵׁיכָ֗ה (ka·ḥă·šê·ḵāh)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2825: Darkness, misery

is as light to You.
כָּאוֹרָֽה׃ (kā·’ō·w·rāh)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 219: Luminousness, prosperity, a plant


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