God Created Every Human Being, Even the Pre-born
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 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.
You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love.
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
The Lord said to him, “Who makes a man able to talk? Who makes him unable to hear or speak? Who makes him able to see? Who makes him blind? It is I, the Lord.”
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: ‘I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.”
How terrible it will be for anyone who argues with his Maker! He is like a broken piece of pottery lying on the ground. Does clay say to a potter, “What are you making?” Does a pot say, “You don’t have any skill?” How terrible it will be for anyone who says to his father, “Why did you give me life?” How terrible for anyone who says to his mother, “Why have you brought me into the world?” The Lord is the Holy One of Israel. He made them. He says to them, “Are you asking me about what will happen to my children? Are you telling me what I should do with what my hands have made?”
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
All Humans Have Value Because of God
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Your hands made me and formed me.
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
You shall not murder.
Do not kill the innocent and righteous.
If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide. But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
God Gives Life and Purpose to the Pre-born
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. [And she exclaimed,] “when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”
The Lord called me from the womb … formed me from the womb to be his servant.
But God set me apart from the time I was born. He showed me his grace by appointing me.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
All Children (Including the Pre-born) Are Gifts From God
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
Before I formed you in your mother’s body I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart to serve me. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.
Advocate and Speak Up for the Lives of the Innocent
Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Speak up for the rights of all those who are poor.
Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?
Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
In you the orphan finds mercy.
Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.
God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity.