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103. Psalm 103

1Bless Jehovah, O my soul;

And all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2Bless Jehovah, O my soul,

And forget not all his benefits:

3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;

Who healeth all thy diseases;

4Who redeemeth thy life from adestruction;

Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5Who satisfieth athy desire with good things,

So that thy youth is renewed like the eagle.

6Jehovah executeth righteous acts,

And judgments for all that are oppressed.

7He made known his ways unto Moses,

His doings unto the children of Israel.

8Jehovah is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness.

9He will not always chide;

Neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10He hath not dealt with us after our sins,

Nor rewarded us after our iniquities.

11For as the heavens are high above the earth,

So great is his lovingkindness toward them that fear him.

12As far as the east is from the west,

So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13Like as a father pitieth his children,

So Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.

14For he knoweth our frame;

He remembereth that we are dust.

15As for man, his days are as grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;

And the place thereof shall know it no more.

17But the lovingkindness of Jehovah is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,

And his righteousness unto children's children;

18To such as keep his covenant,

And to those that remember his precepts to do them.

19Jehovah hath established his throne in the heavens;

And his kingdom ruleth over all.

20Bless Jehovah, ye his angels,

That are mighty in strength, that fulfil his word,

Hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21Bless Jehovah, all ye his hosts,

Ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22Bless Jehovah, all ye his works,

In all places of his dominion:

Bless Jehovah, O my soul.

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17. But the goodness of Jehovah, etc The Psalmist leaves nothing to men to rely upon but the mercy of God; for it would be egregious folly to seek a ground of confidence in themselves. After having shown the utter emptiness of men, he adds the seasonable consolation, that, although they have no intrinsic excellence, which does not vanish into smoke, yet God is an inexhaustible fountain of life, to supply their wants. This contrast is to be particularly observed; for whom does he thus divest of all excellence? The faithful who are regenerated by the Spirit of God, and who worship him with true devotion, these are the persons whom he leaves nothing on which their hope may rest but the mere goodness of God. As the Divine goodness is everlasting, the weakness and frailty of the faithful does not prevent them from boasting of eternal salvation to the close of life, and even in death itself. David does not confine their hope within the limits of time — he views it as commensurate in duration with the grace on which it is founded. To goodness is subjoined righteousness, a word, as we have had occasion frequently to observe before, denoting the protection by which God defends and preserves his own people. He is then called righteous, not because he rewards every man according to his desert, but because he deals faithfully with his saints, in spreading the hand of his protection over them. The Prophet has properly placed this righteousness after goodness, as being the effect of goodness. He also asserts that it extends to the children and children’s children, according to these words in Deuteronomy 7:9, “God keepeth mercy to a thousand generations.” It is a singular proof of his love that he not only receives each of us individually into his favor, but also herein associates with us our offspring, as it were by hereditary right, that they may be partakers of the same adoption. How shall He cast us off, who, in receiving our children and children’s children into his protection, shows to us in their persons how precious our salvation is in his sight?