Psalm 139

The following biblical passage recited by Krista and read during the program was taken from Celebrating Common Prayer: A Version of the Daily Office SSF.

Lord, you have searched me out and known me,

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

You trace my journeys and my resting-places

and are acquainted with all my ways.

Indeed, there is not a word on my lips,

but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

You press upon me behind and before

and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go then from your Spirit?

where can I flee from your presence?

If I climb up to heaven, you are there;

if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

If I take the wings of the morning

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there your hand will lead me

and your right hand hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me,

and the light around me turn to night',

Darkness is not dark to you;

the night is as bright as the day;

darkness and light to you are both alike.

For you yourself created my inmost parts;

you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I will thank you because I am marvellously made;

  your works are wonderful and I know it well.

My body was not hidden from you,

while I was being made in secret

and woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;

all of them were written in your book;

they were fashioned day by day,

when as yet there was none of them.

How deep I find your thoughts, O God!

how great is the sum of them!

If I were to count them,

they would be more in number than the sand;

to count them all,

my life span would need to be like yours.

[O that you would slay the wicked, O God!

you that thirst for blood, depart from me.

They speak despitefully against you;

your enemies take your name in vain.

Do I not hate those, O Lord, who hate you?

and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?

I hate them with a perfect hatred;

they have become my own enemies.]

Search me out, O God, and know my heart;

try me and know my restless thoughts.

Look well whether there be any wickedness in me

and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

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is a computer scientist and former theological advisor in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.

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