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; when I awake, I am still with You.

New American Standard Bible
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. 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.

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

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.

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I shall count them and they will be multiplied more than the sand; I awoke and again I am 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.

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.

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.

King James 2000 Bible
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with you.

American King James Version
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, 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.

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

Darby Bible Translation
[If] I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I awake, I 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.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

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.
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; 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 would proclaim and declare of them, they are more than could be numbered.

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…







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
(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. 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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