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103. Psalm 103

1By David. Bless, O my soul, Jehovah, And all my inward parts -- His Holy Name. 2Bless, O my soul, Jehovah, And forget not all His benefits, 3Who is forgiving all thine iniquities, Who is healing all thy diseases, 4Who is redeeming from destruction thy life, Who is crowning thee -- kindness and mercies, 5Who is satisfying with good thy desire, Renew itself as an eagle doth thy youth. 6Jehovah is doing righteousness and judgments For all the oppressed. 7He maketh known His ways to Moses, To the sons of Israel His acts. 8Merciful and gracious [is] Jehovah, Slow to anger, and abundant in mercy. 9Not for ever doth He strive, Nor to the age doth He watch. 10Not according to our sins hath He done to us, Nor according to our iniquities Hath He conferred benefits upon us. 11For, as the height of the heavens [is] above the earth, His kindness hath been mighty over those fearing Him. 12As the distance of east from west He hath put far from us our transgressions. 13As a father hath mercy on sons, Jehovah hath mercy on those fearing Him. 14For He hath known our frame, Remembering that we [are] dust. 15Mortal man! as grass [are] his days, As a flower of the field so he flourisheth; 16For a wind hath passed over it, and it is not, And its place doth not discern it any more. 17And the kindness of Jehovah [Is] from age even unto age on those fearing Him, And His righteousness to sons` sons, 18To those keeping His covenant, And to those remembering His precepts to do them. 19Jehovah in the heavens Hath established His throne, And His kingdom over all hath ruled. 20Bless Jehovah, ye His messengers, Mighty in power -- doing His word, To hearken to the voice of His Word. 21Bless Jehovah, all ye His hosts, His ministers -- doing His pleasure. 22Bless Jehovah, all ye His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless, O my soul, Jehovah!

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Ps 103:1-22. A Psalm of joyous praise, in which the writer rises from a thankful acknowledgment of personal blessings to a lively celebration of God's gracious attributes, as not only intrinsically worthy of praise, but as specially suited to man's frailty. He concludes by invoking all creatures to unite in his song.

1. Bless, &c.—when God is the object, praise.

my soul—myself (Ps 3:3; 25:1), with allusion to the act, as one of intelligence.

all … within me—(De 6:5).

his holy name—(Ps 5:11), His complete moral perfections.

2. forget not all—not any, none of His benefits.

3. diseases—as penal inflictions (De 29:22; 2Ch 21:19).

4. redeemeth—Cost is implied.

destruction—literally, "pit of corruption" (Ps 16:10).

crowneth—or, "adorneth" (Ps 65:11).

tender mercies—compassions (compare Ps 25:6; 40:11).

5. By God's provision, the saint retains a youthful vigor like the eagles (Ps 92:14; compare Isa 40:31).

6. Literally, "righteousness and judgments," denoting various acts of God's government.

7. ways—of providence, &c., as usual (Ps 25:4; 67:2).

acts—literally, "wonders" (Ps 7:11; 78:17).

8-10. God's benevolence implies no merit. He shows it to sinners, who also are chastened for a time (Ex 34:6).

keep (anger)—in Le 19:18, bear a grudge (Jer 3:5, 12).

11. great—efficient.

12. removed … from us—so as no longer to affect our relations to Him.

13. pitieth—literally, "has compassion on."

14. he—"who formed," Ps 94:9.

knoweth our frame—literally, "our form."

we are dust—made of and tending to it (Ge 2:7).

15, 16. So short and frail is life that a breath may destroy it.

it is gone—literally, "it is not."

know it no more—no more recognize him (Ps 90:6; Isa 40:6-8).

17, 18. For similar contrast compare Ps 90:2-6; 102:27, 28.

18. such … covenant—limits the general terms preceding.

righteousness—as usual (Ps 7:17; 31:1).

19. God's firm and universal dominion is a pledge that He will keep His promises (Ps 11:4; 47:8).

20-22. do his commandments … word—or, literally, "so as to hearken," &c., that is, their acts of obedience are prompt, so that they are ever ready to hear, and know, and follow implicitly His declared will (compare De 26:17; Lu 1:19).

21. ye his hosts—myriads, or armies, as corresponding to angels of great power [Ps 103:20], denoting multitudes also.

22. all his works—creatures of every sort, everywhere.