Verse

Psalm chapter 103

English Standard Version

1Of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. 7He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. 14For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. 15As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 18to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. 19The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 20Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! 21Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! 22Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!
New International Version

New American Standard Bible

1Bless the LORD, my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2Bless the LORD, my soul, And do not forget any of His benefits; 3Who pardons all your guilt, Who heals all your diseases; 4Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with favor and compassion; 5Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. 6The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed. 7He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the sons of Israel. 8The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in mercy. 9He will not always contend with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our guilty deeds. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. 12As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our wrongdoings from us. 13Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. 14For He Himself knows our form; He is mindful that we are nothing but dust. 15As for man, his days are like grass; Like a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place no longer knows about it. 17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting for those who fear Him, And His justice to the children’s children, 18To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts, so as to do them. 19The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. 20Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! 21Bless the LORD, all you His angels, You who serve Him, doing His will. 22Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, my soul!
Christian Standard Bible

New Living Translation

King James Version

What does Psalm chapter 103 mean?

David begins Psalm 103 by calling upon his soul and his whole being to bless the Lord and to remember all His benefits. These are blessings David has experienced within his own life. He lists some of those benefits: forgiveness, restored health, deliverance, love, satisfaction, and renewed energy (Psalm 103:1–5).

David recalls the Lord's righteous deeds and justice. He showed Moses His ways and performed mighty acts on behalf of Israel. David assures his readers that the Lord is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, loving, and ready to forgive. The Lord's love is higher than the heavens, David affirms, and He removes transgressions as far as the east is from the west. This is an especially interesting analogy, since north and south are defined points, but east and west are infinite directions. One can only travel north so far, until they find themselves travelling south. This is not true of moving east or west. Furthermore, like a father, the Lord has compassion on His children and remembers that they are finite (Psalm 103:6–14).

Unlike man's fleeting life, the Lord's love and righteousness extend from generation after generation to those who obey Him. He is sovereign. His throne is settled in the heavens, and His kingdom holds sway over all (Psalm 103:15–19).

Psalm 103 concludes with a call to the Lord's angels and all His creation to praise Him. David addresses his closing words to his soul, commanding his soul to praise the Lord (Psalm 103:20–22).
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