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What the Bible says about Conception
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Psalm 51:5

This great psalm of repentance recounts David's personal moral history, and in these translations, it goes all the way back to the moment of conception! An unviable tissue mass or a blob of protoplasm is not—indeed cannot be—a moral agent. These translations indicate a moral disposition of a moral agent at conception!

John W. Ritenbaugh

Ecclesiastes 11:5

It is likely that "wind" is not properly translated. It should be rendered "spirit," which fits better with the context of verse 5.

"How the bones grow in the womb" is an illustration of how ignorant mankind is regarding even something so close as a child in the womb. Which of us knows when God gives a human being the spirit in man? Is it at conception or when the child takes its first breath? As far as we know, God has not revealed it in His Word. This is similar to Solomon's argument here. He did not know either.

There is much in life that we do not know. There are parts of life in which we must wholly trust God's manifold wisdom and care of each of His creatures because we do not know what He has in mind within His purpose. And His purpose is the key.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Ecclesiastes and the Feast of Tabernacles (Part 2)

Related Topics: Conception | Ignorance | Spirit in Man


Jeremiah 1:4-5

Jeremiah had a history even before he was born! Before Jeremiah's conception, God had a plan for him. Then He formed him and set him apart as a prophet while still in the womb. God clearly infers personal human life in Jeremiah going all the way back to conception, though he was unaware of God's activity.

John W. Ritenbaugh

Find more Bible verses about Conception:
Conception {Nave's}

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