Psalm 139:17
New International Version
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

New Living Translation
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

English Standard Version
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

Berean Study Bible
How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God, how vast is their sum!

King James Bible
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

New King James Version
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

New American Standard Bible
How precious also are Your thoughts for me, God! How vast is the sum of them!

NASB 1995
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

NASB 1977
How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

Amplified Bible
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

Christian Standard Bible
God, how precious your thoughts are to me; how vast their sum is!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God, how difficult Your thoughts are for me to comprehend; how vast their sum is!

American Standard Version
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But your friends are very precious to me, oh, God, and they have strengthened their rulers greatly.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But thy friends, O God, have been greatly honoured by me; their rule has been greatly strengthened.

Contemporary English Version
Your thoughts are far beyond my understanding, much more than I could ever imagine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But to me thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.

English Revised Version
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

Good News Translation
O God, how difficult I find your thoughts; how many of them there are!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are!

International Standard Version
How deep are your thoughts, God! How great is their number!

JPS Tanakh 1917
How weighty also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

Literal Standard Version
And how precious Your thoughts have been to me, O God, how great has been their sum!

NET Bible
How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God! How vast is their sum total!

New Heart English Bible
How precious to me are your thoughts, God. How vast is the sum of them.

World English Bible
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

Young's Literal Translation
And to me how precious have been Thy thoughts, O God, how great hath been their sum!

Additional Translations ...
Context
You Have Searched Me and Known Me
16Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God, how vast is their sum! 18If I were to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; and when I awake, I am still with You.…

Cross References
Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the purposes of His heart to all generations.

Psalm 36:7
How precious is Your loving devotion, O God, that the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings!

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us--none can compare to You--if I proclaim and declare them, they are more than I can count.

Psalm 92:5
How great are Your works, O LORD, how deep are Your thoughts!

Psalm 119:160
The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever.


Treasury of Scripture

How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

precious

Psalm 40:5
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Proverbs 8:31
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

Isaiah 55:8,9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD…

how great

Psalm 31:19
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Psalm 36:7
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.









(17) Precious.--Rather, weighty, the first meaning of the word. The parallelism requires this, as also the peculiar word for "thoughts," for which see Psalm 139:2. We have here the antithesis to that verse: while the Divine penetration discovers the most intimate thought of man, man finds God's secrets incomprehensible.

Verse 17. - How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! If God's works are admirable, and, therefore, precious, so still more are his thoughts - those deep counsels of his, which must have preceded all manifestation of himself in act or work. How great is the sum of them! Were they all added together, how immeasurable would be the amount! What a treasure of wisdom and knowledge;

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
How
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

precious to me
יָּקְר֣וּ (yā·qə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3365: To be heavy, valuable, to make rare

are Your thoughts,
רֵעֶ֣יךָ (rê·‘e·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7454: Purpose, aim

O God,
אֵ֑ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

how
מֶ֥ה (meh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

vast
עָ֝צְמוּ (‘ā·ṣə·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 6105: To bind fast, close, powerful, numerous, to crunch the bones

is their sum!
רָאשֵׁיהֶֽם׃ (rā·šê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 7218: The head


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