Psalm 139:15
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New International Version
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

New Living Translation
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

English Standard Version
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

New American Standard Bible
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

King James Bible
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth.

International Standard Version
My frame was not hidden from you while I was being crafted in a hidden place, knit together in the depths of the earth.

NET Bible
my bones were not hidden from you, when I was made in secret and sewed together in the depths of the earth.

New Heart English Bible
My frame wasn't hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And my bones were not hidden from you; when I was made in secret, I went down to the lower parts of the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My frame was not hidden from Thee, When I was made in secret, And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

New American Standard 1977
My frame was not hidden from Thee,
            When I was made in secret,
            And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My body was not hid from thee, even though I was made in secret and brought together in the lowest parts of the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
My frame was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

American King James Version
My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously worked in the lowest parts of the earth.

American Standard Version
My frame was not hidden from thee, When I was made in secret, And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My bone is not hidden from thee, which thou hast made in secret: and my substance in the lower parts of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
My bones were not hidden from thee when I was made in secret, curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth.

English Revised Version
My frame was not hidden from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
My substance was not hid from thee when I was made in secret, and curiously formed in the lowest parts of the earth.

World English Bible
My frame wasn't hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
My substance was not hid from Thee, When I was made in secret, Curiously wrought in the lower part of earth.
Study Bible
You have Searched Me and Know Me
14I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; 16Your 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.…
Cross References
Job 10:8
'Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, And would You destroy me?

Psalm 63:9
But those who seek my life to destroy it, Will go into the depths of the earth.

Psalm 119:73
Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

Ecclesiastes 11:5
Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.

Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."
Treasury of Scripture

My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously worked in the lowest parts of the earth.

substance. or strength or body
when I

Psalm 139:13 For you have possessed my reins: you have covered me in my mother's womb.

Job 10:9-11 Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will …

Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first …

in the lowest

Psalm 63:9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower …

Ephesians 4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first …

(15) Substance.--Aquila "bones," LXX. and Vulg. "bone," Symmachus "strength." Perhaps, generally, body. But the common Hebrew word for bone differs only in the pointing.

In secret.--Comp. sch. Eum. 665.

Curiously wrought.--From the use of the verb in Exodus 26:36; Exodus 27:16, it plainly refers to some kind of tapestry work, but whether of the nature of weaving or embroidery is matter of controversy. The English sufficiently suggests the figure.

In the lowest parts of the earth.--This figurative allusion to the womb is intended no doubt to heighten the feeling of mystery attaching to birth. There may also be a covert allusion to the creation from dust as Ecclesiasticus 40:1, "From the day that they go out of their mother's womb, till the day that they return to the mother of all things." This allusion falls in with the view which meets us in other parts of the Old Testament, that the creation of Adam is repeated at every birth (Job 33:6, and see above, Psalm 139:13).

Others, since the expression "lowest places of the earth" is used of the unseen world (Psalm 63:9; comp. Psalm 86:13), see here a confirmation of the view that the state before birth and after death are in this poem regarded as the dark void of night, with all the recesses of which, however, God is acquainted. (Comp. the expressions "Womb of Shel," "Belly of hell," Jonah 2:2; Ecclesiasticus 51:5.)

Verse 15. - My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret. The formation of the embryo in the womb seems to be intended. This remains as much a mystery as ever, notwithstanding all the pryings of modern science. And curiously wrought; literally, and embroidered, or woven with threads of divers colors (comp. ver. 13b; and note that modern science speaks of the various "tissues" of the human frame, and calls a portion of medical knowledge "histology"). In the lowest parts of the earth. This is scarcely to be taken literally. It is perhaps only a variant for the "secretly" of the preceding clause. My substance was not hid from thee when I was made in secret,.... Or "my bone" (n); everyone of his bones, which are the substantial parts of the body, the strength of it; and so some render it "my strength" (o); those, though covered with skin and flesh yet, being done by the Lord himself, were not hid from him; nor the manner of their production and growth, which being done in secret is a secret to men; for they know not how the bones grow in the womb of her that is with child, Ecclesiastes 11:5; but God does;

and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth; or formed in my mother's womb, as the Targum, and so Jarchi, like a curious piece of needlework or embroidery, as the word (p) signifies; and such is the contexture of the human body, and so nicely and curiously are all its parts put together, bones, muscles, arteries, veins, nerves, and fibres, as exceed the most curious piece of needlework, or the finest embroidery that ever was made by the hands of men; and all this done in the dark shop of nature, in the "ovarium", where there is no more light to work by than in the lowest parts of the earth. The same phrase is used of Christ's descent into this world, into the womb of the virgin, where his human nature was curiously wrought by the finger of the blessed Spirit, Ephesians 4:9.

(n) "os meum", V. L. Vatablus, Gejerus, "ossa mea", Piscator; "apparatio ossium meorum", Cocceius. (o) "Robur meum", Tigurine version; "vis mea", Junius & Tremellius. (p) "velut opere phrygio effingerer", Tigurine version; "velut acupictur sum", Grotius. 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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