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Psalms 103

Introduction

1An exhortation to bless God for his mercy,
15and for the constancy thereof.

Verse 1

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
A. M. 2970. B.C. 1034. Bless
22; 104:1; 146:1,2; Luke 1:46,47
all that
47:7; 57:7-11; 63:5; 86:12,13; 111:1; 138:1; Mark 12:30-33; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Philippians 1:9; Colossians 3:16
holy name
99:3; Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:19 - and thou;  Genesis 35:3 - who answered;  Genesis 49:6 - O my soul;  Exodus 16:32 - GeneralLeviticus 7:12 - a thanksgiving;  Numbers 31:54 - a memorial;  Deuteronomy 26:7 - we cried;  Judges 5:12 - Deborah;  Ruth 4:14 - Blessed;  2 Samuel 22:1 - David;  1 Kings 1:48 - Blessed;  1 Chronicles 29:10 - David blessed;  2 Chronicles 20:26 - blessed;  Nehemiah 9:5 - bless;  Psalm 9:1 - praise;  Psalm 40:3 - praise;  Psalm 62:5 - soul;  Psalm 68:19 - Blessed;  Psalm 96:2 - bless;  Psalm 100:4 - be thankful;  Psalm 104:35 - Bless;  Psalm 128:1 - every one;  Psalm 145:1 - extol thee;  Song of Solomon 1:4 - remember;  Jeremiah 4:19 - O my;  Daniel 2:20 - Blessed;  Daniel 2:23 - thank;  Daniel 4:34 - I blessed;  Micah 6:5 - remember;  Mark 1:31 - ministered;  Luke 5:25 - glorifying;  Luke 13:13 - and immediately;  Luke 17:15 - GeneralLuke 18:43 - followed;  Acts 3:8 - praising;  Colossians 3:23 - whatsoever

Verse 2

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
forget not
105:5; 106:7,21; 116:12; Deuteronomy 8:2-4,10-14; 32:6,18; 2 Chronicles 32:25; Isaiah 63:1,7; Jeremiah 2:31,32; Luke 17:15-18; Ephesians 2:11-13
Reciprocal: Exodus 16:32 - GeneralLeviticus 7:12 - a thanksgiving;  Numbers 31:54 - a memorial;  Deuteronomy 26:7 - we cried;  Joshua 4:3 - twelve stones;  Judges 5:12 - Deborah;  Ruth 4:14 - Blessed;  1 Kings 1:48 - Blessed;  1 Chronicles 16:4 - to record;  1 Chronicles 16:12 - Remember;  1 Chronicles 29:10 - David blessed;  2 Chronicles 20:26 - blessed;  Nehemiah 9:5 - bless;  Esther 9:22 - the days;  Esther 9:28 - remembered;  Psalm 9:1 - praise;  Psalm 62:5 - soul;  Psalm 78:7 - not forget;  Psalm 96:2 - bless;  Psalm 100:4 - be thankful;  Psalm 104:1 - Bless;  Psalm 104:35 - Bless;  Psalm 107:31 - Oh that men;  Psalm 130:4 - But there;  Psalm 138:1 - I will praise;  Psalm 145:1 - extol thee;  Song of Solomon 1:4 - remember;  Daniel 2:20 - Blessed;  Micah 6:5 - remember;  Micah 7:18 - that;  Mark 5:33 - and told;  Luke 1:46 - GeneralActs 3:8 - praising;  Colossians 3:16 - singing

Verse 3

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
forgiveth
32:1-5; 51:1-3; 130:8; 2 Samuel 12:13; Isaiah 43:25; Matthew 9:2-6; Mark 2:5,10,11; Luke 7:47,48; Ephesians 1:7
healeth
30:2; 38:1-7; 41:3,4,8; 107:17-22; 147:3; Exodus 15:26; Numbers 12:13; 21:7-9; Isaiah 33:24; 53:5; Jeremiah 17:14; James 5:15
Reciprocal: Exodus 23:25 - I will take;  Exodus 34:7 - forgiving;  2 Chronicles 30:20 - healed;  Psalm 26:11 - and;  Psalm 28:4 - the work;  Psalm 32:5 - forgavest;  Psalm 90:14 - satisfy;  Psalm 107:20 - healed;  Psalm 130:4 - But there;  Jeremiah 30:17 - For I;  Ezekiel 47:9 - for they;  Micah 7:18 - that;  Malachi 4:2 - healing;  Matthew 4:23 - healing;  Matthew 15:30 - great;  Mark 5:29 - straightway;  Luke 5:21 - Who can;  Luke 6:17 - to be;  Luke 7:42 - he;  Philippians 2:27 - but God

Verse 4

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
redeemeth
34:22; 56:13; 71:23; Genesis 48:16; Job 33:19-30; Revelation 5:9
crowneth
12; *marg:; 8:5; 21:3; 65:11; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4
Reciprocal: Genesis 48:15 - fed me;  2 Samuel 4:9 - who hath;  Psalm 25:6 - thy tender mercies;  Psalm 26:11 - and;  Psalm 28:4 - the work;  Psalm 30:2 - and;  Psalm 107:20 - healed;  Psalm 130:8 - he shall redeem;  Lamentations 3:58 - thou hast redeemed;  Philippians 2:27 - but God

Verse 5

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
satisfieth
23:5; 63:5; 65:4; 104:28; 107:9; 115:15,16; 1 Timothy 6:17
thy youth
Isaiah 40:31; Hosea 2:15; 2 Corinthians 4:16
Reciprocal: Genesis 48:15 - fed me;  Joshua 14:11 - GeneralJob 29:20 - renewed;  Job 33:25 - return;  Job 39:27 - the eagle;  Joel 2:26 - ye shall

Verse 6

The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
executeth
9:9; 10:14-18; 12:5; 72:4,12; 109:31; 146:7; Deuteronomy 24:14,15; Job 27:13-23; Proverbs 14:31; 22:22,23; 23:10; Isaiah 14:4-32,17-19; 58:6,7; Jeremiah 7:6-15; Ezekiel 22:7,12-14; Micah 2:1-3; 3:2-4; James 2:6; 5:1-6
Reciprocal: Exodus 3:10 - GeneralDeuteronomy 10:18 - doth;  Psalm 7:6 - to the;  Psalm 101:1 - I will sing;  Psalm 119:137 - GeneralPsalm 145:17 - righteous;  Luke 14:22 - and yet

Verse 7

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
He made
77:20; 105:26-45; Exodus 19:8,20; 20:21; 24:2-4; Numbers 12:7; Deuteronomy 34:10; Nehemiah 9:14; Isaiah 63:11,12; John 5:45-47; Acts 7:35-60
his acts
78:5; 147:19
Reciprocal: Exodus 3:10 - GeneralPsalm 26:11 - and;  Ezekiel 20:5 - and made;  John 9:29 - know

Verse 8

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
merciful
86:5,15; 130:7; 145:8; Exodus 34:6,7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:10; Nehemiah 9:17; Isaiah 55:7; Jeremiah 32:18; Romans 5:20,21; Ephesians 1:7,8
slow
Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2; Nahum 1:3
plenteous in mercy
Heb. great of mercy.
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:16 - the Lord;  2 Samuel 24:14 - for his;  1 Chronicles 21:13 - great;  Nehemiah 9:31 - gracious;  Psalm 26:11 - and;  Psalm 62:12 - mercy;  Psalm 86:13 - great;  Psalm 111:4 - gracious;  Psalm 116:5 - Gracious;  Proverbs 16:32 - that is;  Isaiah 48:9 - defer;  Jeremiah 3:5 - he reserve;  Jeremiah 3:12 - for I am;  Lamentations 3:31 - GeneralMalachi 3:17 - and I;  Matthew 28:10 - go;  Ephesians 2:4 - who;  James 5:11 - the Lord is

Verse 9

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
neither
30:5; Isaiah 57:16; Jeremiah 3:5; Micah 7:18,19
Reciprocal: Judges 20:47 - six hundred;  Nehemiah 9:31 - gracious;  Psalm 79:5 - wilt;  Psalm 125:3 - the rod;  Isaiah 27:4 - Fury;  Zechariah 8:11 - General

Verse 10

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
dealt
130:3; Ezra 9:13; Nehemiah 9:31; Job 11:6; Lamentations 3:22; Daniel 9:18,19; Habakkuk 3:2
Reciprocal: Leviticus 16:22 - not inhabited;  Judges 20:47 - six hundred;  1 Kings 11:34 - Howbeit;  Job 42:8 - lest;  Psalm 28:4 - the work;  Psalm 119:124 - Deal;  Jonah 4:6 - the Lord;  Luke 15:20 - But

Verse 11

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
as the, etc
Heb. according to the height of heaven.
36:5; 57:10; 89:2; Job 22:12; Proverbs 25:3; Isaiah 55:9; Ephesians 2:4-7; 3:18,19
his mercy
17; Luke 1:50
Reciprocal: Exodus 1:20 - God;  2 Kings 4:1 - thy servant did fear;  Job 11:8 - It is as high as heaven;  Psalm 103:13 - them;  Psalm 108:4 - thy mercy;  Psalm 119:38 - who is devoted;  Lamentations 3:32 - GeneralMatthew 7:11 - how;  Revelation 11:18 - and them

Verse 12

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
as the east
50:1; 113:3; Isaiah 45:6
so far
Isaiah 43:25; Jeremiah 31:34; 50:20; Micah 7:18; Hebrews 10:2; 1 John 1:7
Reciprocal: Leviticus 4:11 - GeneralLeviticus 16:22 - not inhabited;  Numbers 23:21 - hath not;  Psalm 103:4 - crowneth;  Isaiah 44:22 - blotted;  Ezekiel 18:22 - his transgressions;  Micah 7:19 - cast;  Acts 3:19 - that;  Ephesians 3:18 - able

Verse 13

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Like
Numbers 11:12; Deuteronomy 3:5; Proverbs 3:12; Isaiah 63:15,16; Jeremiah 31:9,20; Matthew 6:9,32; Luke 11:11,12; 15:21,22; John 20:17; Hebrews 12:5-11
them
11,17; 147:11; Malachi 3:16,17; 4:2; Acts 13:26
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:16 - the Lord;  Deuteronomy 28:54 - his children;  Judges 6:36 - If thou wilt;  2 Samuel 18:5 - Deal gently;  2 Samuel 18:33 - would God;  1 Kings 19:7 - because the journey;  Psalm 6:2 - for I;  Psalm 119:38 - who is devoted;  Psalm 128:1 - every one;  Isaiah 42:3 - bruised;  Isaiah 49:15 - a woman;  Joel 2:18 - and pity;  Mark 2:21 - seweth;  Mark 8:2 - compassion;  Luke 7:13 - he;  John 20:27 - Reach hither thy finger;  Colossians 3:21 - GeneralJames 5:11 - the Lord is;  1 Peter 3:8 - pitiful

Verse 14

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
he knoweth
78:38,39; 89:47
we are dust
Genesis 3:19; Job 7:5-7,21; 10:9; 13:25; Ecclesiastes 12:7
Reciprocal: Genesis 2:7 - dust;  Judges 6:36 - If thou wilt;  1 Kings 19:7 - because the journey;  Job 6:11 - What;  Psalm 125:3 - the rod;  Isaiah 27:8 - measure;  Isaiah 42:3 - bruised;  John 20:27 - Reach hither thy finger

Verse 15

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
his days
90:5,6; Isaiah 40:6-8; 51:12; James 1:10,11; 1 Peter 1:24
a flower
Job 14:1-3; Isaiah 28:1,4; Nahum 1:4
Reciprocal: Job 4:19 - crushed;  Job 7:6 - swifter;  Job 7:21 - but I shall not be;  Job 10:20 - my days few;  Job 14:2 - like;  Job 20:9 - The eye;  Psalm 92:7 - wicked;  Psalm 144:4 - his days;  Ecclesiastes 6:10 - and it;  Isaiah 37:27 - as the grass of;  Luke 8:42 - and she;  1 Corinthians 7:29 - the time

Verse 16

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
the wind
Job 27:20,21; Isaiah 40:7
it is gone
Heb. it is not.
Genesis 5:24; Job 14:10
and the
Job 7:6-10; 8:18,19; 20:9
Reciprocal: Job 4:19 - crushed;  Job 7:10 - shall return;  Job 10:20 - my days few;  Job 14:2 - like;  Psalm 37:10 - wicked;  Psalm 90:5 - morning;  Psalm 92:7 - wicked;  Psalm 144:4 - his days;  Ecclesiastes 2:16 - there is;  Isaiah 40:6 - All flesh;  Isaiah 51:12 - man which;  Daniel 2:35 - no place;  Luke 8:42 - and she;  1 Corinthians 7:29 - the time

Verse 17

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
the mercy
89:1,2; 100:5; 118:1; 136:1-26; Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-8; Ephesians 2:4-7; 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14; 2 Timothy 1:9
his righteousness
22:31; Isaiah 46:13; 51:6; Daniel 9:24; Micah 6:5; Romans 1:17; 3:21-25; 2 Peter 1:1
unto children's
90:16; Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 10:15; Isaiah 41:8; Jeremiah 33:24-26; Acts 13:32-34; Romans 15:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 17:8 - everlasting;  Exodus 19:5 - keep;  Deuteronomy 29:9 - General2 Kings 4:1 - thy servant did fear;  1 Chronicles 16:41 - to give;  2 Chronicles 6:14 - mercy;  2 Chronicles 7:3 - For he is;  Ezra 3:11 - because;  Psalm 23:6 - goodness;  Psalm 25:6 - for they;  Psalm 25:10 - keep;  Psalm 30:5 - For;  Psalm 36:10 - continue;  Psalm 37:18 - their;  Psalm 52:1 - goodness;  Psalm 62:12 - mercy;  Psalm 90:2 - even from;  Psalm 103:11 - his mercy;  Psalm 103:13 - them;  Psalm 106:1 - for he;  Psalm 107:1 - for his mercy;  Psalm 111:3 - righteousness;  Psalm 118:29 - GeneralPsalm 119:38 - who is devoted;  Psalm 128:1 - every one;  Psalm 138:8 - thy mercy;  Proverbs 19:23 - fear;  Isaiah 45:17 - an everlasting;  Isaiah 54:8 - but;  Isaiah 64:5 - in those;  Jeremiah 3:12 - for I am;  Joel 2:18 - and pity;  Habakkuk 3:6 - his;  Malachi 3:6 - therefore;  Luke 1:50 - GeneralJohn 10:28 - they;  Acts 11:14 - all;  Romans 8:35 - shall separate;  Ephesians 3:18 - able;  2 Thessalonians 2:16 - everlasting;  Hebrews 13:8 - General1 Peter 1:5 - kept

Verse 18

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
To such
25:10; 132:12; Genesis 17:9,10; Exodus 19:5; 24:8; Deuteronomy 7:9; 2 Chronicles 34:31; Hebrews 8:6-13
remember
119:9-11; Deuteronomy 4:23; 6:6-9; Proverbs 3:1; Matthew 28:20; Luke 1:6; Acts 24:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:1
Reciprocal: Leviticus 25:18 - Wherefore;  Deuteronomy 29:9 - General2 Chronicles 6:14 - mercy;  Proverbs 19:16 - keepeth the;  Luke 1:50 - GeneralJohn 10:28 - they;  1 Peter 1:5 - kept

Verse 19

The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
prepared
2:4; 9:7; 11:4; 115:3; Isaiah 66:1; Hebrews 8:1
his kingdom
47:2; Daniel 4:25,34,35; Ephesians 1:21,22; Philippians 2:9,10; 1 Peter 3:22
Reciprocal: Psalm 93:1 - Lord;  Proverbs 8:27 - he prepared;  Jeremiah 17:12 - GeneralMatthew 6:10 - as;  Romans 9:5 - who is

Verse 20

Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Bless
148:2; Luke 2:13,14; Revelation 19:5,6
that excel in strength
Heb. mighty in strength.
78:25; 2 Kings 19:35; Isaiah 6:2; Joel 2:11; Matthew 26:53
do his
Matthew 6:10; Luke 1:19; Hebrews 1:14
Reciprocal: Genesis 24:7 - angel;  1 Kings 6:29 - carved figures;  1 Kings 22:19 - all the host;  1 Chronicles 21:27 - the Lord;  2 Chronicles 18:18 - all the host;  Job 1:6 - came to;  Job 4:18 - he put;  Job 25:3 - there;  Psalm 8:5 - thou;  Psalm 30:4 - Sing;  Psalm 34:3 - let us;  Psalm 84:1 - O Lord;  Psalm 96:2 - bless;  Psalm 100:4 - be thankful;  Psalm 113:1 - O;  Isaiah 10:34 - by a mighty one;  Ezekiel 1:19 - GeneralEzekiel 3:12 - Blessed;  Ezekiel 9:11 - I have;  Daniel 3:28 - hath sent;  Daniel 4:13 - in the;  Daniel 9:21 - to fly;  Joel 3:11 - cause;  Zechariah 1:10 - These;  Zechariah 1:11 - they answered;  Matthew 22:30 - as;  Luke 11:2 - Thy will;  Ephesians 3:10 - intent;  2 Peter 2:11 - angels;  Revelation 5:2 - a strong;  Revelation 5:11 - many;  Revelation 7:11 - all;  Revelation 8:13 - flying;  Revelation 19:10 - I am

Verse 21

Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
all ye his hosts
33:6; Genesis 32:2; Joshua 5:14; 1 Kings 22:19; 2 Chronicles 18:18; Luke 2:13
ministers
68:17; 104:4; Nehemiah 9:6; Daniel 7:9,10; Matthew 13:41; 24:30,31; 2 Thessalonians 1:7,8; Hebrews 1:6,7,14; Revelation 22:8,9
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 18:15 - of hosts liveth;  Job 4:18 - he put;  Job 25:3 - there;  Psalm 84:1 - O Lord;  Psalm 113:1 - O;  Psalm 134:1 - bless ye;  Psalm 148:2 - all his angels;  Ezekiel 3:12 - Blessed;  Zechariah 1:10 - These;  Zechariah 1:11 - they answered;  Revelation 7:11 - all;  Revelation 19:10 - I am

Verse 22

Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.
all his works
145:10; 148:3-12; 150:6; Isaiah 42:10-12; 43:20; 44:23; 49:13; Revelation 5:12-14
bless the Lord
1; 104:1,35; 146:1 Reciprocal: Psalm 108:2 - I myself;  Psalm 145:21 - let all flesh;  Psalm 148:10 - Beasts;  Zechariah 8:21 - I will

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 103". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-103.html.