New International Version
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
King James Bible
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Darby Bible Translation
Thine eyes did see my unformed substance, and in thy book all [my members] were written; [during many] days were they fashioned, when [as yet] there was none of them.
World English Bible
Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them.
Young's Literal Translation
Mine unformed substance Thine eyes saw, And on Thy book all of them are written, The days they were formed -- And not one among them.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thine eyes did see my substance - גלמי golmi, my embryo state - my yet indistinct mass, when all was wrapped up together, before it was gradually unfolded into the lineaments of man. "Some think," says Dr. Dodd, "that the allusion to embroidery is still carried on. As the embroiderer has still his work, pattern, or carton, before him, to which he always recurs; so, by a method as exact, revere all my members in continuance fashioned, i.e., from the rude embryo or mass they daily received some degree of figuration; as from the rude skeins of variously coloured silk or worsted, under the artificer's hands, there at length arises an unexpected beauty, and an accurate harmony of colcurs and proportions."
And in thy book all my members were written - "All those members lay open before God's eyes; they were discerned by him as clearly as if the plan of them had been drawn in a book, even to the least figuration of the body of the child in the womb."
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in thy book
all my members. Heb. all of them
LibraryAugust 31. "Lead Me in the Way Everlasting" (Ps. cxxxix. 24).
"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 Kingdom Divided
The Suffering of Love.
The Hardening Operation of Love.
"Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?
A person's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll -- are they not in your record?
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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