Psalm 139:16

ESV Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
NIV Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
NASB Your eyes have seen my formless substance; And in Your book were written All the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.
CSB Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.
NLT You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
KJV Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

What does Psalm 139:16 mean?

This Scripture affirms that God knows everything about our lives, in advance, with His perfect omniscience. The Lord saw David's unborn state and planned the days David would live.

No human being can predict accurately how long he or she will live. Proverbs 27:1 warns us not be presumptuous, "Do not boast about tomorrow," it warns, "for you do not know what a day may bring." James counseled: "Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit'—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring" (James 4:13–14). How should we deal with the reality that we do not know how many days we will live? James said we should live each day doing the Lord's will and trusting that the results are ultimately up to Him (James 4:15).

Also, we should pray as Moses did, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).
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