New American Standard Bible
Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
King James Bible
JOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
Darby Bible Translation
YOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, and I will learn thy commandments.
World English Bible
Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
Young's Literal Translation
Yod. Thy hands made me and establish me, Cause me to understand, and I learn Thy commands.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thy hands have made me - This commences a new division of the psalm, in which each verse begins with the Hebrew letter Jod (י y) - or "i" - the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet, called in Matthew 5:18, "jot;" "one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law." The words "thy hands have made me" are expressive of the idea that he had been formed or moulded by God - as the "hands" are the instruments by which we do anything. See the notes at Job 10:8; compare Psalm 100:3.
And fashioned me - Fitted me; shaped me, formed me as I am. He had received alike his existence and the particular form of his existence from God - as a man makes a statue or image. Compare Psalm 139:13-16.
Give me understanding ... - As I have derived my being from thee, so I am wholly dependent on thee to carry out the purpose for which I have been made. My Maker alone can give me understanding. I have no resources in myself. See Psalm 119:34.
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Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.'--PSALM cxix. 9. There are many questions about the future with which it is natural for you young people to occupy yourselves; but I am afraid that the most of you ask more anxiously 'How shall I make my way?' than 'How shall I cleanse it?' It is needful carefully to ponder the questions: 'How shall I get on in the world--be happy, fortunate?' and the like, and I suppose that that is the consideration …
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'Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, And would You destroy me?
"Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?
He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.
Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart.
The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb.
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