New Living Translation
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
139:16 Imperfect - When I was first conceived. Book - In thy counsel and providence, by which thou didst contrive and effect this great work, according to that model which thou hadst appointed.
LibraryPs. cxxxix. 23, 24
Ps. cxxxix. 23, 24. All hearts to Thee are open here; All our desires are known; And we are that which we appear To Thee, good Lord, alone. No eye of man can penetrate, Another's secret mind, Nor well discern his own estate, Naked, and poor, and blind. The entrance of Thy word gives light: Let it so shine within, That each may tremble at the sight Of his unbosom'd sin. With godly sorrow make him grieve, Till hope spring out of grief, And,cry with tears, "Lord, I believe, Help Thou mine unbelief." …
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns
Excursus on the Present Teaching of the Latin and Greek Churches on the Subject.
An Unanswered Question
Out of the Deep of Doubt, Darkness, and Hell.
"'You formed me with your hands; you made me, yet now you completely destroy me.
You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother's womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations."
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