Psalm 139:16
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.

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.

English Standard Version
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Berean Study Bible
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.

New American Standard Bible
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.

Contemporary English Version
but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything about me.

Good News Translation
you saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.

International Standard Version
Your eyes looked upon my embryo, and everything was recorded in your book. The days scheduled for my formation were inscribed, even though not one of them had come yet.

NET Bible
Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb. All the days ordained for me were recorded in your scroll before one of them came into existence.

New Heart 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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And my eyes saw my germination upon your Scriptures; all these things were written; behold, the days were cut short, and there was no person in them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus. Every day [of my life] was recorded in your book before one of them had taken place.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance, And in Thy book they were all written-- Even the days that were fashioned, When as yet there was none of them.

New American Standard 1977
Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thine eyes did see my substance yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which were then formed, without lacking one of them.

King James 2000 Bible
Your eyes did see my substance, being yet unformed; and in your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

American King James Version
Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

American Standard Version
Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me , When as yet there was none of them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thine eyes saw my unwrought substance, and all men shall be written in thy book; they shall be formed by day, though there should for a time be no one among them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy eyes did see my imperfect being, and in thy book all shall be written: days shall be formed, and no one in 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.

English Revised Version
Thine eyes did see mine unperfect substance, and in thy book were all my members written, which day by day were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy eyes saw my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were 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.
Study Bible
You Have Searched Me and Known Me
15My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be. 17How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God, how vast is their sum!…
Cross References
Job 10:8
Your hands shaped me and altogether formed me. Will You now turn and destroy me?

Job 14:5
Since his days are determined and the number of his months is with You, and since You have set limits that he cannot exceed,

Psalm 56:8
You have taken account of my wanderings; You have put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?

Psalm 119:73
Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding to learn Your commandments.

Ecclesiastes 11:5
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the bones are formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart and appointed you a prophet to the nations."

Treasury of Scripture

Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

in thy book

Psalm 56:8
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Malachi 3:16
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

Revelation 20:12
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

all my members.







Lexicon
Your eyes
עֵינֶ֗יךָ (‘ê·ne·ḵā)
Noun - cdc | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

saw
רָ֘א֤וּ (rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

my unformed body;
גָּלְמִ֤י ׀ (gā·lə·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1564: A wrapped

all
כֻּלָּ֪ם (kul·lām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

my days
יָמִ֥ים (yā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

were written
יִכָּ֫תֵ֥בוּ (yik·kā·ṯê·ḇū)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

in
וְעַֽל־ (wə·‘al-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

Your book
סִפְרְךָ֮ (sip̄·rə·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5612: A missive, document, writing, book

and ordained for me
יֻצָּ֑רוּ (yuṣ·ṣā·rū)
Verb - Pual - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3335: To mould into a, form, as a, potter, to determine

before one of them came to be.
אֶחָ֣ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first
(16) This difficult verse, rendered word for word, gives--

"My f?tus (literally, rolled) saw thine eyes,

And on thy book all of them were written;

Days were formed, and not (or, as the Hebrew margin, to him) one in them."

The reading "substance yet being imperfect" of the Authorised Version follows the LXX. and Vulg., and (Symmachus, "shapeless thing") periphrastically denotes the embryo, which the Hebrew word--literally, rolled, or wrapped, used in 2Kings 2:8, "of a mantle," in Ezekiel 27:24, "bales" (Authorised Version, "clothes;" margin, "foldings")--almost scientifically describes. (Comp. Job 10:8-12; 2 Maccabees 7:22.)

Others take it of the ball of the threads of destiny; but this is not a Hebrew conception. By inserting the word members, the Authorised Version suggests a possible, but not a probable, interpretation. The Hebrew language likes to use a pronoun before the word to which it refers has occurred (see Note, Psalm 68:14); and, in spite of the accents, we must refer all of them to "days" (Authorised Version, "in continuance").

"Thine eyes beheld my embryo,

And in thy book were written

All the days, the days

Which were being formed,

When as yet there were none of them."

But a much more satisfactory sense is obtained by adopting one slight change and following Symmachus in the last line--

"The days which are all reckoned, and not one of them is wanting."

All the ancient versions make that which is written in God's book either the days of life, or men born in the course of these days, each coming into being according to the Divine will.

Verse 16. - Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; or, "my embryo." The Hebrew text has but the single word גלמי, which probably means, "the still unformed embryonic mass" (Hengstenberg). And in thy book all my members were written; literally, all of them; but the pronoun has no antecedent. Professor Cheyne and others suspect the passage to have suffered corruption. But the general meaning can scarcely have been very different from that assigned to the passage in the Authorized Version. Which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Modern critics mostly translate "the days," or "my days," "were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them;" i.e. "my life was planned out by God, and settled, before I began to be." 139:7-16 We cannot see God, but he can see us. The psalmist did not desire to go from the Lord. Whither can I go? In the most distant corners of the world, in heaven, or in hell, I cannot go out of thy reach. No veil can hide us from God; not the thickest darkness. No disguise can save any person or action from being seen in the true light by him. Secret haunts of sin are as open before God as the most open villanies. On the other hand, the believer cannot be removed from the supporting, comforting presence of his Almighty Friend. Should the persecutor take his life, his soul will the sooner ascend to heaven. The grave cannot separate his body from the love of his Saviour, who will raise it a glorious body. No outward circumstances can separate him from his Lord. While in the path of duty, he may be happy in any situation, by the exercise of faith, hope, and prayer.
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