Psalms Chapter 139 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Dauid praiseth God for his all-seeing prouidence, 17 And for his infinite mercies. 19 He defieth the wicked. 23 Hee prayeth for sinceritie.
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139:2 Afar off - Thou knowest what my thoughts will be in such and such circumstances, long before I know it, yea from all eternity.
139:3 Compassest - Thou discernest every step I take. It is a metaphor from soldiers besieging their enemies, and setting watches round about them.
139:5 Beset me - With thy all - seeing providence. And laid - Thou keepest me, as it were with a strong hand, in thy sight and under thy power.
139:6 I cannot - Apprehend in what manner thou dost so presently know all things.
139:8 Hell - If I could hide myself in the lowest parts of the earth.
139:9 The wings - If I should flee from east to west: for the sea being the western border of Canaan, is often put for the west in scripture. And wings are poetically ascribed to the morning here, as they are elsewhere to the sun, and to the winds.
139:16 Imperfect - When I was first conceived. Book - In thy counsel and providence, by which thou didst contrive and effect this great work, according to that model which thou hadst appointed.
139:17 Thoughts - Thy counsels on my behalf. Thou didst not only form me at first, but ever since my conception and birth, thy thoughts have been employed for me.
139:18 Them - Thy wonderful counsels and works on my behalf come constantly into my mind.
139:22 Perfect hatred - See the difference between the Jewish and the Christian spirit!
Psalms Chapter 139 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
3 Or, winnowest.
8 Amos 9. 2,3,4.
11 Iob 26.6. heb.4.13.
12 Heb. darkeneth not. , Heb. as is the darkenes so is the light
14 Hebr. greatly.
15 Or, strength or body.
16 Heb. all of them. , Or, what dayes they should be fashioned.
24 Heb. way of paine, or griefe.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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