Psalm 139:8
New International Version
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

New Living Translation
If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.

English Standard Version
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

Berean Study Bible
If I ascend to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.

New American Standard Bible
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

King James Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Christian Standard Bible
If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.

Contemporary English Version
If I were to climb up to the highest heavens, you would be there. If I were to dig down to the world of the dead you would also be there.

Good News Translation
If I went up to heaven, you would be there; if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.

International Standard Version
If I rise to heaven, there you are! If I lay down with the dead, there you are!

NET Bible
If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there. If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be.

New Heart English Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, look, you are there.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I shall ascend to Heaven, there you are, and if I would descend to Sheol, you are there also!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in the nether-world, behold, Thou art there.

New American Standard 1977
If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I ascend to the heavens, thou art there: if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.

King James 2000 Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there.

American King James Version
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there.

American Standard Version
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If I should go up to heaven, thou art there: if I should go down to hell, thou art present.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present.

Darby Bible Translation
If I ascend up into the heavens thou art there; or if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou [art there];

English Revised Version
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

World English Bible
If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there!

Young's Literal Translation
If I ascend the heavens -- there Thou art, And spread out a couch in Sheol, lo, Thee!
Study Bible
You Have Searched Me and Known Me
7Where can I go to escape Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? 8If I ascend to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. 9If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle by the farthest sea,…
Cross References
Job 26:6
Sheol is naked before Him, and Abaddon has no covering.

Psalm 139:9
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle by the farthest sea,

Proverbs 15:11
Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD--how much more the hearts of men!

Jeremiah 51:53
Even if Babylon should ascend to the heavens and fortify her lofty stronghold, the destroyers I send will come against her, declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 32:25
Among the slain they prepare a resting place for Elam with all her hordes, with her graves all around her. All of them are uncircumcised, slain by the sword, although their terror was once spread in the land of the living. They bear their disgrace with those who descend to the Pit. They are placed among the slain.

Amos 9:2
Though they dig down to Sheol, from there My hand will take them; and though they climb up to heaven, from there I will pull them down.

Treasury of Scripture

If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there.

I ascend

Ezekiel 28:12-17
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty…

Amos 9:2-4
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: …

Obadiah 1:4
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

in hell

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

Job 34:21,22
For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings…

Proverbs 15:11
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?







Lexicon
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I ascend
אֶסַּ֣ק (’es·saq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5266: To go up

to the heavens,
שָׁ֭מַיִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8064: Heaven, sky

You
אָ֑תָּה (’āt·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

are there;
שָׁ֣ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

if I make my bed
וְאַצִּ֖יעָה (wə·’aṣ·ṣî·‘āh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3331: To strew as a, surface

in Sheol,
שְּׁא֣וֹל (šə·’ō·wl)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)

You are there.
הִנֶּֽךָּ׃ (hin·ne·kā)
Interjection | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!
(8) If I make my bed in hell.--Literally, If I make Sheol my bed. (For the thought see Amos 9:2, and comp. Proverbs 15:11; Job 26:6.)

This conviction that the underworld was not exempt from the vigilance and even from the visitation of Jehovah makes an advance in thought from Psalm 6:5 (where see Note), &c, where death is viewed as cutting off the Hebrew altogether from his relation to the Theocracy.

Verse 8. - If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; i.e. "if I were to ascend up into heaven, if I could do so, thou wouldst still be there - I should not find myself where thou wert not; no, nor even if I went down to hell (Sheol), should I escape thee - thou wouldst be there also." If I make my bed in hell means, "if I go down and take my rest in hell" - the place of departed spirits. Behold, thou art there; literally, behold, thou! 139:7-16 We cannot see God, but he can see us. The psalmist did not desire to go from the Lord. Whither can I go? In the most distant corners of the world, in heaven, or in hell, I cannot go out of thy reach. No veil can hide us from God; not the thickest darkness. No disguise can save any person or action from being seen in the true light by him. Secret haunts of sin are as open before God as the most open villanies. On the other hand, the believer cannot be removed from the supporting, comforting presence of his Almighty Friend. Should the persecutor take his life, his soul will the sooner ascend to heaven. The grave cannot separate his body from the love of his Saviour, who will raise it a glorious body. No outward circumstances can separate him from his Lord. While in the path of duty, he may be happy in any situation, by the exercise of faith, hope, and prayer.
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