Psalm 139:18
New International Version
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand-- when I awake, I am still with you.

New Living Translation
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

English Standard Version
If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.

Berean Study Bible
If I were to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; and when I awake, I am still with You.

King James Bible
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

New King James Version
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

New American Standard Bible
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.

NASB 1995
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.

NASB 1977
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with Thee.

Amplified Bible
If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.

Christian Standard Bible
If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, I am still with you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, I am still with You.

American Standard Version
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: When I awake, I am still with thee.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will number them, and they shall be multiplied beyond the sand; I awake, and am still with thee.

Contemporary English Version
I try to count your thoughts, but they outnumber the grains of sand on the beach. And when I awake, I will find you nearby.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand: I rose up and am still with thee.

English Revised Version
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Good News Translation
If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I try to count them, there would be more of them than there are grains of sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.

International Standard Version
Were I to count them, they would number more than the sand. When I awake, I will be with you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand; Were I to come to the end of them, I would still be with Thee.

Literal Standard Version
I recount them! They are more than the sand, "" I have awoken, and I am still with You.

NET Bible
If I tried to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. Even if I finished counting them, I would still have to contend with you.

New Heart English Bible
If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.

World English Bible
If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.

Young's Literal Translation
I recount them! than the sand they are more, I have waked, and I am still with Thee.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
You Have Searched Me and Known Me
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; and when I awake, I am still with You. 19O God, that You would slay the wicked—away from me, you bloodthirsty men—…

Cross References
Psalm 3:5
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.

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.


Treasury of Scripture

If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with you.

they are more

Psalm 40:12
For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

when I awake

Psalm 139:3
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

Psalm 3:5
I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

Psalm 16:8-11
I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved…









(18) If I should . . .--The original is more expressive:--

"Let me count them--more than the sand they are many:

I have awaked--and still with thee."

With the countless mysteries of creation and providence the poet is so occupied, that they are his first waking thought; or, perhaps, as the Hebrew suggests, his dreams are continued into his early thoughts.

"Is not the vision He? tho' He be not that which He seems?

Dreams are true while they last; and do we not live in dreams?"

TENNYSON: Higher Pantheism.

Verse 18. - If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand (comp. Psalm 40:5, "Thy thoughts which are to usward cannot be reckoned up"). When I awake, I am still with thee. I meditate on thee, both sleeping and waking, nor ever find the subject of my thought exhausted.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
[If] I were to count them,
אֶ֭סְפְּרֵם (’es·pə·rêm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate

they would outnumber
יִרְבּ֑וּן (yir·būn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 7235: To be or become much, many or great

the grains of sand;
מֵח֣וֹל (mê·ḥō·wl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2344: Sand

when I awake,
הֱ֝קִיצֹ֗תִי (hĕ·qî·ṣō·ṯî)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6974: Arise, be awake, watch

I am still
וְעוֹדִ֥י (wə·‘ō·w·ḏî)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

with You.
עִמָּֽךְ׃ (‘im·māḵ)
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with


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