Behold, I have graven you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.
This figure suggests —
I. CONSTANT REMEMBRANCE. It is impossible not to observe that which is written on the hands. H writing were on the face, it would not be seen, on the breast it would not be observed. But the hands are always before us.
II. DEVOTED HELP. The hands are for work, and the Almighty wishes us to infer that His people are not only remembered, but helped.
III. PERMANENT CONSIDERATION. "I have graven thee." Writing will wear off. That which is graven will and must remain.
IV. PAINFUL EFFORT. To engrave on the hands evidently refers to the process of engraving, which causes pain. Has God made no sacrifices for His people? Is not every redeemed soul written in crimson marks in the palm of the hands and the feet of the crucified Redeemer?
Parallel VersesKJV: Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.