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Psalm 103

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chronological insert: Sin, illness - 2 Samuel 3:39 (and Psalm 41)

An exhortation to bless God for his mercy,

103:1 Praise Yahweh, my soul!
All that is within me, praise his holy name!

103:2 Praise Yahweh, my soul,
and don’t forget all his benefits;

103:3 who forgives all your sins;
who heals all your diseases;

103:4 who redeems your life from destruction;
who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies;

103:5 who satisfies your desire with good things,
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

103:6 Yahweh executes righteous acts,
and justice for all who are oppressed.

103:7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the children of Israel.

103:8 Yahweh is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness.

103:9 He will not always accuse;
neither will he stay angry forever.

103:10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
nor repaid us for our iniquities.

103:11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his loving kindness toward those who fear him.

103:12 As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

103:13 Like a father has compassion on his children,
so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him.

103:14 For he knows how we are made.
He remembers that we are dust.

An exhortation to bless God for his mercy,

103:15 As for man, his days are like grass.
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

103:16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone.
Its place remembers it no more.

103:17 But Yahweh’s loving kindness is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear him,
his righteousness to children’s children;

103:18 to those who keep his covenant,
to those who remember to obey his precepts.

103:19 Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens.
His kingdom rules over all.

103:20 Praise Yahweh, you angels of his,
who are mighty in strength, who fulfill his word,
obeying the voice of his word.

103:21 Praise Yahweh, all you armies of his,
you servants of his, who do his pleasure.

103:22 Praise Yahweh, all you works of his,
in all places of his dominion.
Praise Yahweh, my soul!

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