New International Version
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
King James Bible
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thy hand upon me.
World English Bible
You hem me in behind and before. You laid your hand on me.
Young's Literal Translation
Behind and before Thou hast besieged me, And Thou dost place on me Thy hand.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou hast beset me behind and before - אחור וקדם צרתני achor vekodam tsartani, "The hereafter and the past, thou hast formed me." I think Bishop Horsley's emendation here is just, uniting the two verses together. "Behold thou, O Jehovah, knowest the whole, the hereafter and the past. Thou hast formed me, and laid thy hand upon me."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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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