Psalm 139:5

5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

Read Psalm 139:5 Using Other Translations

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.

What does Psalm 139:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 139:5

Thou hast beset me behind and before
Art on every side of me, all around me, like one besieged in a strait place; so that there is nothing I can think, say, or do, but what is known unto thee. The two Kimchis, father and son, render the word, "thou hast formed me": and interpret it of the formation of his body, of which, in ( Psalms 139:14-16 ) ; see ( Job 10:8 Job 10:10 Job 10:11 ) but it denotes how God compasses men with his presence and providence, so that nothing escapes his knowledge;

and laid thine hand upon me;
not his afflicting hand, which sometimes presses hard; though the Targum thus paraphrases it,

``and stirred against me the stroke of thine hand:''

but rather his hand of power and providence, to preserve, protect, and defend him. Or it signifies that he was so near to him that his hand was upon him, and he was perfectly known; as anything is that is before a man, and he has his hand upon.
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