Joseph later says, “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people…”…, “The Lord says to Moses, “Who gives speech to mortals? Use the scale on the left to tell how often the verses below are googled compared to each other. The notion that what God ordains is necessarily unalterable is foreign to the Hebrew mind. 14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. This page was last modified on September 15, 2017, at 5:17 AM. Several have voiced questions similar to the reader’s (below), so we thought it would be helpful to post Greg’s answer here on his blog. 15  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Popularity relative to other verses in Psalm chapter 139 using average monthly Google searches. Chapter 139. Through Greg’s Facebook and Twitter, we’ve been getting some great feedback and questions regarding his cross-centered approach to Scripture. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Doesn’t Psalm 139:16 refute the open view of the future? Tags: Open Theism, Q&A This assumption, in case it is true, does not conflict with the open view perspective which simply says that not everything about us is determined and/or foreknown. What was written was not all the psalmist’s days, but only those days that were formed (or “ordained”) before they yet existed. This is a simplified translation of the original Hebrew word. how great is the sum of them! of →. Fourth, even if we choose to take the subject matter of what is “formed” and “written” in this verse to be the days of the psalmist’s life, this does not require that the length of his life is unalterable. Scripture elsewhere suggests that what is written in the Lord’s book of life can be changed (Exod. Hence this verse has been frequently cited in support of the classical view of the future. Psalm 139:6 "[Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it." And especially the knowledge of other persons and … How do you respond to Genesis 45:5; 50:20? First, as a matter of…. The Hebrew does not…, As in Revelation 13:8, the clause “from the foundation” (apo kataboleis) need not mean “from before the foundation” but simply “from the foundation” (= since the foundation). Many have argued that verse 16 of this chapter implies that the future is exhaustively settled. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. As with king Josiah which we examined above (1 Kings 13:2-3), it is possible that certain events are preordained for many of us prior to our birth. Three things may be said. But this claim contradicts all the explicit declarations in Scripture which state that God does frequently modify his plans and…, “Whoever strikes a person mortally shall be put to death. Is it not I, the Lord?” According to some compatibilists, this passage teaches that all infirmities are willed by God. To get what Psalm 139:16 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. The NKJV is an example of a translation that decided on the latter meaning. Today we would be going through the book of Psalm 139, the meaning verse by verse. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles. Psalm 139 is a beautiful poetic expression of God’s personal moment-by-moment involvement in our lives. It is David's appeal of a good conscience unto God, against the malicious suspicions and calumnies of men, in Ps 139:1-24. Second, the use of hyperbolic expressions, which was a common devise of Semitic poetry, should caution us against relying on it to settle any doctrinal disputes. 17  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! Indeed, the first stanza of verse 16, “Your eyes beheld my unformed substance” also concerns the intimate awareness the Lord has of the psalmist even before he’s formed. Psalm 139 is a beautiful poetic expression of God’s personal moment-by-moment involvement in our lives. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Rather, throughout history, in response to the choices…, IX Contemporary Science, Free Will and Time. Revelation 17:8 refers to people whose names haven’t been written in “the book of life from the creation of the world.” Doesn’t this conflict with open theism? The point of this passage is to poetically express God’s care for the psalmist from his conception, not resolve metaphysical disputes regarding the reality of the future. And I will execute great vengeance upon them, love the Lord your God with all your heart, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape), To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative), A wrapped (and unformed mass, i.e., as the embryo), Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications, Properly, writing (the art or a document); by implication, a book, Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense), To grave, by implication, to write (describe, inscribe, prescribe, subscribe), A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb), To mould into a form; especially as a potter; figuratively, to determine (i.e., form a resolution), Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first, Not (the simple or abs. Follow the buttons on the right to get more detail. To get what Psalm 139:16 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context  and relative popularity. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1]. Which was vastly superior to what he had of himself. 3:5). Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue.