I recount them! than the sand they are more, I have waked, and I am still with Thee.
Psalm 139:18 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If I should count them - I should be glad to enumerate so many interesting particulars: but they are beyond calculation.
When I awake - Thou art my Governor and Protector night and day.
I am still with thee - All my steps in life are ordered by thee: I cannot go out of thy presence; I am ever under the influence of thy Spirit.
The subject, from the Psalm 139:14 to the Psalm 139:16 inclusive, might have been much more particularly illustrated, but we are taught, by the peculiar delicacy of expression in the Sacred Writings, to avoid, as in this case, the entering too minutely into anatomical details. I would, however, make an additional observation on the subject in the Psalm 139:15 and Psalm 139:16. I have already remarked the elegant allusion to embroidery, in the word רקמתי rukkamti, in the astonishing texture of the human body; all of which is said to be done in secret, בסתר bassether, in the secret place, viz., the womb of the mother, which, in the conclusion of the verse, is by a delicate choice of expression termed the lower parts of the earth.
The embryo state, גלם golem, has a more forcible meaning than our word substance amounts to. גלם galam signifies to roll or wrap up together; and expresses the state of the fetus before the constituent members were developed. The best system of modern philosophy allows that to semine masculino all the members of the future animal are contained; and that these become slowly developed or unfolded, in the case of fowls, by incubation; and in the case of the more perfect animals, by gestation in the maternal matrix. It is no wonder that, in considering these, the psalmist should cry out, How precious, or extraordinary, are thy thoughts! how great is the sum-heads or outlines, of them! The particulars are, indeed, beyond comprehension; even the heads - the general contents, of thy works; while I endeavor to form any tolerable notion of them, prevail over me - they confound my understanding, and are vastly too multitudinous for my comprehension.
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they are more
Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: my iniquities have taken hold on me, so that I am not able to look up...
when I awake
Psalm 139:3 You compass my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Psalm 3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
Psalm 16:8-11 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved...
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness.
Psalm 63:6,7 When I remember you on my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches...
Isaiah 26:19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust...
Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
1 Thessalonians 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
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