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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 103

Psalms 103:1

psa 103:1

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. (Psa. 103:1-22)

Bless, &c.--when God is the object, praise.

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

all . . . within me-- (Deu 6:5).

his holy name-- (Psa 5:11), His complete moral perfections.

Psalms 103:2

psa 103:2

forget not all--not any, none of His benefits.

Psalms 103:3

psa 103:3

diseases--as penal inflictions (Deu 29:22; Ch2 21:19).

Psalms 103:4

psa 103:4

redeemeth--Cost is implied.

destruction--literally, "pit of corruption" (Psa 16:10).

crowneth--or, "adorneth" (Psa 65:11).

tender mercies--compassions (compare Psa 25:6; Psa 40:11).

Psalms 103:5

psa 103:5

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

Psalms 103:6

psa 103:6

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

Psalms 103:7

psa 103:7

ways--of providence, &c., as usual (Psa 25:4; Psa 67:2).

acts--literally, "wonders" (Psa 7:11; Psa 78:17).

Psalms 103:8

psa 103:8

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

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

Psalms 103:11

psa 103:11


Psalms 103:12

psa 103:12

removed . . . from us--so as no longer to affect our relations to Him.

Psalms 103:13

psa 103:13

pitieth--literally, "has compassion on."

Psalms 103:14

psa 103:14

he--"who formed," Psa 94:9.

knoweth our frame--literally, "our form."

we are dust--made of and tending to it (Gen 2:7).

Psalms 103:15

psa 103:15

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 (Psa 90:6; Isa 40:6-8).

Psalms 103:17

psa 103:17

For similar contrast compare Psa 90:2-6; Psa 102:27-28.

Psalms 103:18

psa 103:18

such . . . covenant--limits the general terms preceding.

righteousness--as usual (Psa 7:17; Psa 31:1).

Psalms 103:19

psa 103:19

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

Psalms 103:20

psa 103:20

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 Deu 26:17; Luk 1:19).

Psalms 103:21

psa 103:21

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

Psalms 103:22

psa 103:22

all his works--creatures of every sort, everywhere.

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