Psalm 139:13-15 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Though this article is not about abortion, but rather why a human being is special, it is still true that many of the Scriptural principles we will be considering certainly speak to the topic of abortion. The prime thought is that every birth is a divine creation. …, Psalm 22:9,10 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts…. the expressions âWomb of SheÃ´l,â âBelly of hell,â Jonah 2:2; Ecclesiasticus 51:5.). (k) That is, in my mother's womb: which he compares to the inward parts of the earth. The Hebrew word - רקם râqam - means to deck with color, to variegate. Here the words `curiously' or `intricately wrought', take the image a bit further, suggesting the complex patterns and colors of the weaver or the embroiderer." (p) "velut opere phrygio effingerer", Tigurine version; "velut acupictur sum", Grotius. (o) "Robur meum", Tigurine version; "vis mea", Junius & Tremellius. In the lowest parts of the earth.âThis figurative allusion to the womb is intended no doubt to heighten the feeling of mystery attaching to birth. Covered me.--Most critics render here didst weave me. Job 31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? But the usual sense of the word cover or protect, suits equally well. Isaiah 44:24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who has … (n) "os meum", V. L. Vatablus, Gejerus, "ossa mea", Piscator; "apparatio ossium meorum", Cocceius. Psalm 139:13,14 . Genesis 14:19, where maker should be read for possessor.). While this Psalm can excite our wonder and praise, it can also stir up much regret and deep-seated grief, in those that may have wittingly or unwittingly, participated in an abortion, or been instrumental in the termination of an unborn child. Psalm 119:73 Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding to learn Your commandments. The comparison is a most beautiful one; and it will be admired the more, the more man understands the structure of his own frame. There may also be a covert allusion to the creation from dust as Ecclesiasticus 40:1, âFrom the day that they go out of their motherâs womb, till the day that they return to the mother of all things.â 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). 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. In Psalm 139:10 follows the apodosis: nowhere is the hand of God, which governs everything, to be escaped, for dextera Dei ubique est. - Literally, "embroidered." Psalm 139 is a most beautiful sacred song, which bring our rapt attention to the hallowed essence of the child in utero, and of God's sovereign role in each little life. As 1 John 4:19 shares, "We love because he first loved us." Psalm 139:14 will then be a parenthetical exclamation of adoring wonder. By "beginning" I mean conception. and did not one fashion us in the womb? Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. (Comp. When I was made in secret - In the womb; or, hidden from the eye of man. Pronoun - second person masculine singular, Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular, To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own, Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular, Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular, To entwine as a, screen, to fence in, cover over, protect, Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular, Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct, The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Poetry: Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inmost being (Psalm Ps Psa.) Admonition to the wicked and comfort to the pious are alike implied inferences from these doctrines. No work of tapestry can be compared with this; no art of man could "weave" together such a variety of most tender and delicate fibres and tissues as those which go to make up the human frame, even if they were made ready to his hand: and who but God could "make" them? Psalms 139:13-15 NLT You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Job 10:9-12 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again? Read verse in New International Version The Hebrew word, however, properly refers to the act of "weaving in" various threads - as now in weaving carpets. The English sufficiently suggests the figure. Even then thine eye saw me, and saw the wondrous process by which my members were formed. Ps 139:1-24. And curiously wrought. After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. This is why Christians care deeply about the protection of life in the womb ( Psalm 139:13 ), caring for those mistreated or undervalued by others in society ( Proverbs 31:8-9 ), and for the elderly and those with terminal illnesses. 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. my reins] The inmost seat of the emotions, which God ‘tries’ . For you have possessed my reins: you have covered me in my mother's womb. ואמר (not ואמר, Ezekiel 13:15), "therefore I spake," also has the value of a hypothetical protasis: quodsi dixerim. The transposition of Psalm 139:13-14, proposed by some critics, removes the difficulty and gives a clearer connexion of thought, but poetry does not bind itself by forms of logic. Compare the notes at Job 28:7-8. Curiously wrought.âFrom 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. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! 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. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Possessed.--The context seems to require formed, fashioned, as, according to Gesenius, in Deuteronomy 32:6, (Authorised Version "bought") (Comp. In the lowest parts of the earth - Wrought in a place as dark, as obscure, and as much beyond the power of human observation as though it had been done low down beneath the ground where no eye of man can penetrate. Others, since the expression âlowest places of the earthâ is used of the unseen world (Psalm 63:9; comp. Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. Job 10:11.) (Comp. God is involved in every person's life from the very beginning. Psalm 71:6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee. The reference here is to the various and complicated tissues of the human frame - the tendons, nerves, veins, arteries, muscles, "as if" they had been woven, or as they appear to be curiously interweaved. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret. With us the idea of embroidering is that of working various colors on a cloth by a needle. Hence, it means to variegate a garment; to weave with threads of various colors. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret. 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. My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously worked in the lowest parts of the earth. Psalms 139:15 b here is connected closely in thought with Psalms 139:13 b where we have `knit together.'
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