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Psalms 139:18

    Psalms 139:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: When I awake, I am still with thee.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If I made up their number, it would be more than the grains of sand; when I am awake, I am still with you.

    Webster's Revision

    If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: When I awake, I am still with thee.

    World English Bible

    If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 139:18

    If I should count them - I should be glad to enumerate so many interesting particulars: but they are beyond calculation.

    When I awake - Thou art my Governor and Protector night and day.

    I am still with thee - All my steps in life are ordered by thee: I cannot go out of thy presence; I am ever under the influence of thy Spirit.

    The subject, from the Psalm 139:14 to the Psalm 139:16 inclusive, might have been much more particularly illustrated, but we are taught, by the peculiar delicacy of expression in the Sacred Writings, to avoid, as in this case, the entering too minutely into anatomical details. I would, however, make an additional observation on the subject in the Psalm 139:15 and Psalm 139:16. I have already remarked the elegant allusion to embroidery, in the word רקמתי rukkamti, in the astonishing texture of the human body; all of which is said to be done in secret, בסתר bassether, in the secret place, viz., the womb of the mother, which, in the conclusion of the verse, is by a delicate choice of expression termed the lower parts of the earth.

    The embryo state, גלם golem, has a more forcible meaning than our word substance amounts to. גלם galam signifies to roll or wrap up together; and expresses the state of the fetus before the constituent members were developed. The best system of modern philosophy allows that to semine masculino all the members of the future animal are contained; and that these become slowly developed or unfolded, in the case of fowls, by incubation; and in the case of the more perfect animals, by gestation in the maternal matrix. It is no wonder that, in considering these, the psalmist should cry out, How precious, or extraordinary, are thy thoughts! how great is the sum-heads or outlines, of them! The particulars are, indeed, beyond comprehension; even the heads - the general contents, of thy works; while I endeavor to form any tolerable notion of them, prevail over me - they confound my understanding, and are vastly too multitudinous for my comprehension.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 139:18

    If I should count them - If I could count them.

    They are more in number than the sand - Numberless as the sand on the sea-shore.

    When I awake, I am still with thee - When I am lost in deep and profound meditation on this subject, and am aroused again to consciousness, I find the same thing still true. The fact of "my" being forgetful, or lost in profound meditation, has made no difference with thee. Thou art still the same; and the same unceasing care, the same thoughtfulness, still exists in regard to me. Or, the meaning may be, sleeping or waking with me, it is still the same in regard to thee. Thine eyes never close. When mine are closed in sleep, thou art round about me; when I awake from that unconscious state, I find the same thing existing still. I have been lost in forgetfulness of thee in my slumbers; but thou hast not forgotten me. There has been no change - no slumbering - with thee.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 139:18

    139:18 Them - Thy wonderful counsels and works on my behalf come constantly into my mind.