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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, how precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

King James 2000 Bible
How precious also are your thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

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

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
But how precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

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

Webster's Bible Translation
How precious also are thy thoughts to me, O God! how great 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!
Study Bible
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. 17How 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; 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 would proclaim and declare of them, they are more than could be numbered.

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

Psalm 119:160
Your word is the essence of truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure.

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.







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

precious to me
יָּקְר֣וּ (yā·qə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 7454: Purpose, aim

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

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

vast
עָ֝צְמוּ (‘ā·ṣə·mū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 7218: The head
(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; 139:17-24 God's counsels concerning us and our welfare are deep, such as cannot be known. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from him. It would help to keep us in the fear of the Lord all the day long, if, when we wake in the morning, our first thoughts were of him: and how shall we admire and bless our God for his precious salvation, when we awake in the world of glory! Surely we ought not to use our members and senses, which are so curiously fashioned, as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. But our immortal and rational souls are a still more noble work and gift of God. Yet if it were not for his precious thoughts of love to us, our reason and our living for ever would, through our sins, prove the occasion of our eternal misery. How should we then delight to meditate on God's love to sinners in Jesus Christ, the sum of which exceeds all reckoning! Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all who fear the Lord. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them; with God their conversion and salvation are possible. As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by his word and Spirit. if there be any wicked way in me, let me see it; and do thou root it out of me. The way of godliness is pleasing to God, and profitable to us; and will end in everlasting life. It is the good old way. All the saints desire to be kept and led in this way, that they may not miss it, turn out of it, or tire in it.
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