Psalm 139:15
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.

Berean Study Bible
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was woven together 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together out of human sight,

Good News Translation
When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother's womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there--

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My bones, which thou madest in secret were not hidden from thee, nor my substance, 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 Known Me
14I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well. 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.…
Cross References
Job 10:8
Your hands shaped me and altogether formed me. Will You now turn and 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 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

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

substance.

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

Job 10:9-11
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again? …

Exodus 11:5
And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

in the lowest

Psalm 63:9
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Ephesians 4:9
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?







Lexicon
My frame
עָצְמִ֗י (‘ā·ṣə·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6108: Might, bones

was not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

hidden
נִכְחַ֥ד (niḵ·ḥaḏ)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3582: To secrete, by act, word, to destroy

from You
מִ֫מֶּ֥ךָּ (mim·me·kā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

when
אֲשֶׁר־ (’ă·šer-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

I was made
עֻשֵּׂ֥יתִי (‘uś·śê·ṯî)
Verb - Pual - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

in secret,
בַסֵּ֑תֶר (ḇas·sê·ṯer)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5643: A covering, hiding place, secrecy

when I was woven together
רֻ֝קַּ֗מְתִּי (ruq·qam·tî)
Verb - Pual - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7551: To variegate color, embroider, to fabricate

in the depths
בְּֽתַחְתִּיּ֥וֹת (bə·ṯaḥ·tî·yō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8482: Lowermost, the depths

of the earth.
אָֽרֶץ׃ (’ā·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
(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 Sheol," "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. 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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