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Praise God, who Forgives

103 Bless the Lord, my soul,
    and all that is within me, bless[a] his holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul,
    and never forget any of his benefits:
He continues to forgive all your sins,
    he continues to heal all your diseases,
he continues to redeem your life from the Pit,[b]
    and he continuously surrounds you
        with gracious love and compassion.
He keeps satisfying you with good things,
    and he keeps renewing your youth like the eagle’s.

The Lord continuously does what is right,
    executing justice for all who are being oppressed.
He revealed his plans[c] to Moses
    and his deeds to the people of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    patient,[d] and abundantly rich in gracious love.
He does not maintain a dispute[e] continuously
    or remain angry for all time.
10 He neither deals with us according to our sins,
    nor repays us equivalent to our iniquity.

11 As high as heaven rises above earth,
    so his gracious love strengthens[f] those who fear him.
12 As distant as the east is from the west,
    that is how far he has removed our sins from us.
13 As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were formed,
    aware that we were made from dust.

15 A person’s life is like grass—
    it blossoms like wild flowers,
16 but when the wind blows through it,
    it withers away and no one remembers where it was.
17 Yet the Lord’s gracious love remains
    throughout eternity for those who fear him
        and his righteous acts extend to their children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and to those who remember to observe his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you angels who belong to him,
    you mighty warriors who carry out his commands,
        who are obedient to the sound of his words.[g]
21 Bless the Lord, all his heavenly armies,
    his ministers who do his will.
22 Bless the Lord, all his creation,[h]
    in all the places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, my soul.


  1. Psalm 103:1 The Heb. lacks bless
  2. Psalm 103:4 I.e. the place of punishment in the afterlife
  3. Psalm 103:7 Lit. ways
  4. Psalm 103:8 Lit. slow of anger
  5. Psalm 103:9 Or not rebuke
  6. Psalm 103:11 MT phrase high as sounds like MT verb strengthens
  7. Psalm 103:20 So LXX 4QPsb; MT LXX read word
  8. Psalm 103:22 Lit. works; or deeds

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

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