Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

1 Bless a the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 b Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who c heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
d Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that e your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6 The LORD executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 f He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
8 g The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 h He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 i He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He j removed our transgressions from us.
13 k As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
14 For He 1 knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, l his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 m For the wind passes over it, and it is 2 gone,
And n its place remembers it no more. 3
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children,
18 o To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
19 The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
And p His kingdom rules over all.

20 q Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who r do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
s You 4 ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the LORD, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 104:1
    Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty.
    Psalms 104:35
    May sinners be consumed from the earth, And the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 130:8
    And He shall redeem Israel From all his iniquities.
    Isaiah 33:24
    And the inhabitant will not say, "I am sick"; The people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity.
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 15:26
    And said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.
    Psalms 147:3
    He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
    Isaiah 53:5
    But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
    Jeremiah 17:14
    Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 5:12
    For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:31
    But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 33:12 - 17
    Then Moses said to the LORD, "See, You say to me, 'Bring up this people.' But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.
    Psalms 147:19
    He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel.
  7. Cross References
    Exodus 34:6
    And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ...
    Exodus 34:7
    "keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquit...
    Numbers 14:18
    'The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in merc...
    Deuteronomy 5:10
    But showing mercy to thousands, to those who lo...
    Nehemiah 9:17
    They refused to obey, And they were not mindful...
    Psalms 86:15
    But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, ...
    Jeremiah 32:18
    You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay...
    Jonah 4:2
    So he prayed to the LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, ...
    James 5:11
    Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You ha...
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 30:5
    For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
    Isaiah 57:16
    For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls which I have made.
    Jeremiah 3:5
    Will He remain angry forever? Will He keep it to the end?' Behold, you have spoken and done evil things, As you were able.
    Micah 7:18
    Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy.
  9. Cross References
    Ezra 9:13
    And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, since You our God have punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and have given us such deliverance as this.
    Lamentations 3:22
    Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
  10. Cross References
    2 Samuel 12:13
    So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
    Isaiah 38:17
    Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
    Isaiah 43:25
    I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.
    Zechariah 3:9
    For behold, the stone That I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,' Says the LORD of hosts, 'And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
    Hebrews 9:26
    He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
  11. Cross References
    Malachi 3:17
    "They shall be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him."
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:6 - 8
    The voice said, "Cry out!" And he said, "What shall I cry?" "All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
    James 1:10
    But the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away.
    James 1:11
    For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
    1 Peter 1:24
    Because "All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away.
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:7
    The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.
  14. Cross References
    Job 7:10
    He shall never return to his house, Nor shall his place know him anymore.
  15. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 7:9
    Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.
    Psalms 25:10
    All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 47:2
    For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
    Daniel 4:17
    'This decision is by the decree of the watchers, And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.'
    Daniel 4:25
    They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 148:2
    Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 6:10
    Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
  19. Cross References
    Hebrews 1:14
    Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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