Some time ago, I was part of a women’s Bible study that looked at Psalm 139.  This is a fairly familiar psalm where many of the different sections are well known.  From the opening lines of “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me,” to the rhetorical questions of verse 7, “Where can I go from your Spirit?” to the affirmation that life begins at conception in verses 13-16, to the plea at the end for God to “search me and know my heart,” you can probably quote much of this psalm yourself.  It’s a beautiful psalm.  But in this particular Bible study, one lady brought up a curious phrase.  Verse 5 says of God, “You hem me in.”  What is that supposed to mean?

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