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As a Father Has Compassion

Psalm 103

Of David.
Bless Adonai, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless His holy Name.
Bless Adonai, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits:
He forgives all your iniquity.
He heals all your diseases.
He redeems your life from the Pit.
He crowns you with lovingkindness and compassions.
He satisfies your years with good things,
so that your youth is renewed like an eagle.

Adonai executes justice—
judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made His ways known to Moses,
His deeds to the children of Israel.
Adonai is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, and plentiful in mercy.
He will not always accuse,
nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not treated us according to our sins,
or repaid us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His mercy for those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so Adonai has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame.
He remembers that we are but dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass—
he flourishes like a flower of the field,
16 but when the wind blows over it, it is gone,
    and its place is no longer known.
17 But the mercy of Adonai is from everlasting to everlasting
    on those who revere Him,
His righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep His covenant,
who remember to observe His instructions.

19 Adonai has set up His throne in the heavens,
and His kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless Adonai, you angels of His:
mighty in strength, performing His word,
upon hearing the utterance of His word.
21 Bless Adonai, all you His armies,
His servants who do His will.
22 Bless Adonai, all His works everywhere in His dominion.
Bless Adonai, O my soul!