PSALM 139:8



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“If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”

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Psalm 139:8 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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If אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not If
I ascend up אֶסַּ֣ק To go up ascend up
into heaven, שָׁ֭מַיִם The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) heaven
thou אָ֑תָּה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
art (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
there: שָׁ֣ם There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence there
if I make my bed וְאַצִּ֖יעָה To strew as a surface if make bed
in hell, שְּׁא֣וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates hell
behold, הִנֶּֽךָּ׃ Lo!; also (as expressing surprise) if behold
thou הִנֶּֽךָּ׃ Lo!; also (as expressing surprise) if thou
art there. (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)

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  • 6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

  • 7  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

  • 8  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

  • 9  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

  • 10  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

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