Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: What Does Psalm 139:14 Mean?

Psalm 139:14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (King James Version)

TranslationPsalm 139:14
ESVI praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
NASBI will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
NIVI praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
NLTThank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

Also see the meaning of Ask and You Shall Receive to learn more.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

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.

Also see the meaning of Love the Lord Your God to learn more.

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.

Psalm 139:14 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Ps 139:1-24. 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.

Admonition to the wicked and comfort to the pious are alike implied inferences from these doctrines.

Also see the meaning of If God Is For Us to learn more.

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see his About page for details.

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