New International Version
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
King James Bible
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
My bones were not hidden from thee when I was made in secret, curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth.
World English Bible
My frame wasn't hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth.
Young's Literal Translation
My substance was not hid from Thee, When I was made in secret, Curiously wrought in the lower part of earth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
My substance was not hid from thee - עצמי atsmi, my bones or skeleton.
Curiously wrought - רקמתי rukkamti, embroidered, made of needlework. These two words, says Bishop Horsley, describe the two principal parts of which the human body is composed; the bony skeleton, the foundation of the whole; and the external covering of muscular flesh, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves, and skin; a curious web of fibres. On this passage Bishop Lowth has some excellent observations: "In that most perfect hymn, where the immensity of the omnipresent Deity, and the admirable wisdom of the Divine Artificer in framing the human body, are celebrated, the poet uses a remarkable metaphor, drawn from the nicest tapestry work: -
When I was formed in secret;
When I was wrought, as with a needle,
in the lowest parts of the earth.
"He who remarks this, (but the man who consults Versions only will hardly remark it), and at the same time reflects upon the wonderful composition of the human body, the various implication of veins, arteries, fibres, membranes, and the 'inexplicable texture' of the whole frame; will immediately understand the beauty and elegance of this most apt translation. But he will not attain the whole force and dignity, unless he also considers that the most artful embroidery with the needle was dedicated by the Hebrews to the service of the sanctuary; and that the proper and singular use of their work was, by the immediate prescript of the Divine law, applied in a certain part of the high priest's dress, and in the curtains of the tabernacle, Exodus 28:39; Exodus 26:36; Exodus 27:16; and compare Ezekiel 16:10; Ezekiel 13:18. So that the psalmist may well be supposed to have compared the wisdom of the Divine Artificer particularly with that specimen of human art, whose dignity was through religion the highest, and whose elegance (Exodus 35:30-35) was so exquisite, that the sacred writer seems to attribute it to a Divine inspiration."
In the lowest parts of the earth - The womb of the mother, thus expressed by way of delicacy.
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substance. or strength or body
in the lowest
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"Lead me in the way everlasting" (Ps. cxxxix. 24). There is often apparently but little difference in two distinct lives between constant victory and frequent victory. But that one little difference constitutes a world of success or failure. The one is the Divine, the other is the human; the one is the everlasting way, the other the transient and the imperfect. God wants to lead us to the way everlasting, and to establish us and make us immovable as He. We little know the seriousness of the slightest …
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The Suffering of Love.
The Hardening Operation of Love.
"Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.
Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
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