Psalms 103

The Forgiving God


My soul, praise
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
and all that is within me, praise His holy name. b
2 My soul, praise the Lord,
and do not forget all His benefits. c

3 He forgives all your sin; d
He heals all your diseases. e
4 He redeems your life from the
Pit: Either the grave or the realm of the dead
Pit; g
He crowns you with faithful love and compassion. h
5 He satisfies you
Lit satisfies your ornament; Hb obscure
with goodness; j
your youth is renewed like the eagle. k

6 The Lord executes acts of righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed. l
7 He revealed His ways to Moses, m
His deeds to the people of Israel. n
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and rich in faithful love. o
9 He will not always accuse us
or be angry forever. p
10 He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve
or repaid us according to our offenses. q

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
fear Him. s
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us. t
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. u
14 For He knows what we are made of,
remembering that we are dust. v

15 As for man, his days are like grass
he blooms like a flower of the field; w
16 when the wind passes over it, it vanishes,
and its place is no longer known.
Lit place no longer knows it
17 But from eternity to eternity
the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear Him,
and His righteousness toward the grandchildren z
18 of those who keep His covenant,
who remember to observe His precepts. aa
19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
and His kingdom rules over all. ab

20 Praise the Lord,
all His angels of great strength,
who do His word,
obedient to His command. ac
21 Praise the Lord, all His armies,
His servants who do His will. ad
22 Praise the Lord, all His works
in all the places where He rules. ae
My soul, praise Yahweh!
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