Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 - Fashioned by Yahweh as an embryo


1 Yahweh, you have searched me out and known me; *

[2] you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

2 [3] You trace my journeys and my resting-places *

and are acquainted with all my ways.

3 [4] Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *

but you, Yahweh, know it altogether.

4 [5] You press upon me behind and before *

and lay your hand upon me.

5 [6] Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *

it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

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12 [13] For you yourself created my inmost parts; *

you knit me together in my mother's womb.

13 [14] I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *

your works are wonderful, and I my soul know it well.

14 [15] My body was not hidden from you, *

while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.

15 [16] Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book; *

they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.

16 [17] How deep I find your thoughts, el! *

how great is the sum of them!

17 [18] If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *

to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.


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Notice how the Episcopal Church (not their source translation service) has combined verses one and two into what they call verse one. That change at the beginning then offsets the rest of the verses in the psalm; so, all have to be renumbered to match the truth that all other sources of Psalm 139 offer. I have added the appropriate verse numbers in bold type, within brackets. Additionally, I have restored “Yahweh” in two places, where the translation is a generic “the Lord.” In verse seventeen (Episcopal Church 16), the Hebrew text of David shows “el,” which I have restored, from the translation of “God.” All forms of “el” [singular] and “elohim” [plural] are references to an inner presence that is the Son of Yahweh, His “Yahweh elohim” of Genesis 2. To deny that inner presence is to make mankind seem capable of godlike abilities, where man can save itself from personal ruin, simply by expressing belief in a generic “Lord” and nebulous “God.”


In the true verse one, David wrote simply: “Yahweh you have searched me , and know .” This does not imply that David was so young that he was like a needle in a haystack, so Yahweh had to “search” for David. It says Yahweh “searched” David’s soul, prior to him being born, when David’s soul last knelt before Yahweh in Judgment. David was found pure, which means David’s soul (departed from flesh that went by some other name) had previously been a true representation of “Israel” [“Who Retains the el of Yahweh” in his soul] and his Lord had become the soul of Adam-Jesus, leading his soul to that Judgment as a pure soul. Thus, Yahweh “knew” David’s soul before it was born again; and, for a Saint to be born again, it is with Yahweh’s intent to serve Him again, in a new incarnation.


In verse two (the Episcopal Church’s 1b), when David sings that Yahweh “knows his dwelling and its rising,” this sings of the Spirit of Yahweh having been outpoured upon David’s soul forever. That cleaning Baptism made it possible for the soul of Yahweh’s perfect Son to “dwell” (or “sit down”) within his soul, making sure that David’s soul “rose” to divine heights, as a Saint in His name. When David sings, “you discern my purpose at a distance,” this does not say Yahweh is not one with David’s soul. Instead, the word translating as “at a distance” (of “far off”) – “mê·rā·ḥō·wq” – means “in space and time.” Yahweh discerned David’s purpose well before he was born and knew he would lead His chosen people to adhere to His Covenant properly – through divine union of their souls with His Spirit, so all were true to the name “Israel.”


In verse three, where David sings, “my path and my lying down you winnow ; and all my roads are in your service .” this sings of David’s soul being like seed planted into the earth. His “lying down” is Yahweh “scattering” David’s soul in various furrows into which Yahweh “fans” or “blows” David. When he continues, “all my roads are in your service,” this speaks prophetically of David’s failure, near the end of his life. That “road” would “serve” Yahweh, as Yahweh did not make David King of the Jews, because Yahweh was their King. David’s perfect success had to be known as totally due to Yahweh; so, his failure spoke loudly that all souls trapped in human flesh are flawed and cannot find a Judgment as pure, without Yahweh’s help. David’s failure was akin to the designed failure of Adam (and wife), because they had to leave Eden to become the first priests of Yahweh in the world.


In verse four, David sang that he was like Jesus, who regularly said he did not speak for himself, but for the Father. For David to sing, “for not a word on my tongue”, that sings that David did not manufacture words that came from his mouth for self-satisfaction. When he then added, “behold Yahweh you know the whole,” this sings of every word from David was the word of the Father, spoken through David’s mouth and lips.


In verse five, David’s singing, “behind and in front you have confined me” is about the dual souls that are the soul of David united with the soul of the Son of Yahweh (Adam-Jesus). When this state of being ‘doubly fruitful’ occurs, one must follow, while the other leads. David’s soul is the one “behind,” while Jesus’ soul is the one “in front of” David’s soul, leading it to righteousness. This then “confines” of “binds” David’s soul, so it will not be influenced by worldly demon spirits. With that “confinement” desired, not forced, David wrote, “and set upon me your hand”. This means that Yahweh’s Spirit and Jesus being the Lord soul of David’s soul and flesh made David become the physical “hand” of God on earth.


In verse six (the Episcopal Church verse five), David begins this verse with the repeated Hebrew word “pili,” with two constructs of that placed within brackets and parentheses, as: [pil·’î·yāh] ( pə·lî·’āh) . The brackets and parentheses reflect unspoken words of spirituality, where “too wonderful too incomprehensible” are not truly words sung in this psalm. They are silent reflections of just how supernatural the “knowledge for me” or “knowledge coming from me” is. This sings of how impossible it is for any human being to possess the “knowledge” of Yahweh. As such, David then sang, “it is inaccessibly high,” stating not ever the greatest mind the planet would come to know [Solomon] could ever have the scope of “knowledge” that David would open his mouth and speak (without forethought). David then admitted, “cannot I attain” this intellect from a human flesh organ between the eyes and ears.


In the leap forward to verse thirteen (Episcopal Church verse twelve), David then sings, “for you formed my inward parts.” This can be seen as why this Psalm 139 is the companion song to the track one Old Testament reading selection from Jeremiah 18. In that reading, the word translated as “potter” actually means “fashioner” or “former.” Here, David sings of the “formation” of his “inner parts,” which is his “heart” and “soul” – spiritual in “form.” The Hebrew word translated as “inward parts” actually is the “kidney,” which is an organ of purification. Thus, the heart and soul are likewise purifying essence in the soul-flesh. When Yahweh “forms” a soul to be pure, then one has been Baptized by His Spirit and reborn as His Son as one’s Lord. Thus, when David sang this “formation” was continued “within his mother’s womb,” that says all of the physical features of David’s flesh (from Yahweh joining DNA from his mother and father purposefully) were designed by the hand of Yahweh. Yahweh guides the formation of every human being into which He breathes a soul giving life to the flesh He guided to be made in a mother’s womb.


In verse fourteen, where David wrote, “I will praise you upon for I am fearful,” the source of true “praise” is initiated by the soul of Adam-Jesus within. The soul-flesh follows that lead to “praise” Yahweh for His Salvation given. The element of “fearful” is following a Commandment written upon the walls of one’s soul – as the soul of Jesus being one’s Lord – which says, “fear only Yahweh.” The “fear” is knowing a personal relationship with the Spirit and the Son and then being afraid of losing that relationship as the wife-Son. This leads the soul-flesh to lovingly seek to please Yahweh, so the Son makes “marvelous works” come from the soul-flesh, as a Saint in the name of the Son. David’s “soul knew very well” that the source of those feats (all that David did and all that all Saints do) was Yahweh and His Spirit emanating from one’s soul.


Verse fifteen sings of “my hidden bones,” which is the framework that is the Son of Yahweh, made by His hand from dust and clay on the seventh day, the day He deemed holy. The aspect of “secret” is then the spiritual, as the ‘doubly fruitful’ soul that adjoined David’s soul … forever. In the use of the Hebrew construct “ruq·qam·tî,” which means “skillfully wrought” or “masterfully weaved,” this too related to the “fashioner” or “former” of Jeremiah 18. It says that David was made by the hand of Yahweh as perfection, which included the soul of His Son within “the lowest parts of the earth” or the dead matter that is void of life, until a soul animates it to life.


In verse sixteen, David sings, “my embryo saw with your eyes , and in your book the whole they will be written the days you fashioned for me”. Here, again, is the word “fashion,” which is the same root word translated as “potter” (because “clay” is also written). This says the life of David is written into the future, which his unfolding life will confirm. When an “embryo sees with the eye of Yahweh,” it is reading the Commandments written on the walls of its heart and soul. It sees the expectations for that flesh which will receive a pure soul reincarnated. David knew his life would be in service of Yahweh, guided by his Lord Jesus; and, he had no qualms with facing any foe that was destined to cross his path of righteousness.


At the end of verse sixteen, David again repeated a word enclosed in brackets, followed by parentheses. This, again, is an unstated, silently experienced spiritual element that says, “[ wə·lō] ( wə·lōw) , means “when not when not”. With the last words saying aloud, “one of them,” the silent intent says the soul of David saw “fashioned” for him a life that was “not” like that or ordinary souls. Still, the repetition says that “when not” David’s soul would see the planned divine life written for him by Yahweh, his would “would not” be holy, as David would become as “one of them.” This states the planned life of David included his fall from grace, because that was a necessary evil to keep “one of them” to be seen as a god (a king over people), when only Yahweh is their King.


In verse seventeen we find the one time “el” is written (in this selection). David sings, “and to me how precious are your thoughts el”. This is not the same as Jeremiah (and other prophets hearing the voice of Yahweh coming to them), as Jeremiah named “Yahweh” as the source of that “word.” Since David has already stated (twice) the name “Yahweh,” his use of “el” speaks of his inner united soul – his Lord – which becomes “the thoughts” of Adam-Jesus that guided David’s actions as a Saint. David greatly appreciated that guidance from within; and, he then sings, “how great is the sum (of those thoughts).” The “sum of those thoughts” was the whole of Israel being led to be souls married to Yahweh, because David spoke the word of Yahweh, following the whispers of the Son merged with his soul.


In verse eighteen (the Episcopal Church’s verse seventeen), David sings, “I will relate them to the sand to be more in number”, which says the mind of David was interlinked to the Mind of Christ, where the Son of Yahweh was Lord. Every day, for every minute of every day, David’s brain heard the whispers of Jesus telling him insights from Yahweh. Those insights were more numerous than the grains of sand by a sea or river. David then sings “when I awaken,” which is his times getting up from sleep to write down a psalm inspired by Yahweh; but the greater meaning is the voice of Jesus, speaking for the Father, made the soul of David always be “alive” and “awake” as a soul saved. Thus, David sang, “I am still with you.” This says the voice of Jesus assures David that the love of Yahweh has not left him; so, he can still faithfully serve Yahweh as He sees fit.

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