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Psalm 103

Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness

Of David.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name.(A)
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,(B)
who redeems your life from the Pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,(C)
who satisfies you with good as long as you live[a]
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works vindication
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.(D)
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.(E)
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.(F)
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;(G)
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far he removes our transgressions from us.(H)
13 As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.(I)
14 For he knows how we were made;
    he remembers that we are dust.(J)

15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;
    they flourish like a flower of the field;(K)
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
    on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.(L)

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.(M)
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    obedient to his spoken word.(N)
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers who do his will.(O)
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Psalm 104

God the Creator and Provider

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
    O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,(P)
    wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent;(Q)
    you set the beams of your[b] chambers on the waters;
you make the clouds your[c] chariot;
    you ride on the wings of the wind;(R)
you make the winds your[d] messengers,
    fire and flame your[e] ministers.(S)

You set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it shall never be shaken.(T)
You cover it with the deep as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.(U)
At your rebuke they flee;
    at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys,
    to the place that you appointed for them.(V)
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
    so that they might not again cover the earth.(W)

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
    they flow between the hills,(X)
11 giving drink to every wild animal;
    the wild asses quench their thirst.(Y)
12 By the streams[f] the birds of the air have their habitation;
    they sing among the branches.(Z)
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
    the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.(AA)

14 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle
    and plants for people to cultivate,
to bring forth food from the earth(AB)
15     and wine to gladden the human heart,
oil to make the face shine
    and bread to strengthen the human heart.(AC)
16 The trees of the field[g] are watered abundantly,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests;
    the stork has its home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
    the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.(AD)
19 You have made the moon to mark the seasons;
    the sun knows its time for setting.(AE)
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
    when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.(AF)
21 The young lions roar for their prey,
    seeking their food from God.(AG)
22 When the sun rises, they withdraw
    and lie down in their dens.
23 People go out to their work
    and to their labor until the evening.(AH)

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom you have made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.(AI)
25 There is the sea, great and wide;
    creeping things innumerable are there,
    living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships
    and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.(AJ)

27 These all look to you
    to give them their food in due season;(AK)
28 when you give to them, they gather it up;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
    when you take away their breath, they die
    and return to their dust.(AL)
30 When you send forth your spirit,[h] they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.(AM)

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works—(AN)
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains and they smoke.(AO)
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praise to my God while I have being.(AP)
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
    and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!(AQ)


  1. 103.5 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  2. 104.3 Heb his
  3. 104.3 Heb his
  4. 104.4 Heb his
  5. 104.4 Heb his
  6. 104.12 Heb By them
  7. 104.16 Gk: Heb trees of the Lord
  8. 104.30 Or your breath

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the testimony[a] of God to you with superior speech or wisdom.(A) For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were made not with persuasive words of wisdom[b] but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power,(B) so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

The True Wisdom of God

Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are being destroyed.(C) But we speak God’s wisdom, a hidden mystery, which God decreed before the ages for our glory and which none of the rulers of this age understood, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—(D)

10 God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.(E) 11 For what human knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God.(F) 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.[c](G)

14 Those who are unspiritual[d] do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.(H) 15 Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.

16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.(I)


  1. 2.1 Other ancient authorities read mystery
  2. 2.4 Other ancient authorities read the persuasiveness of wisdom
  3. 2.13 Or interpreting spiritual things spiritually or comparing spiritual things with spiritual
  4. 2.14 Or natural