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A song of David.

103 My soul, praise the Lord!
    Every part of me, praise his holy name!
My soul, praise the Lord
    and never forget how kind he is!
He forgives all our sins
    and heals all our sicknesses.
He saves us from the grave,
    and he gives us love and compassion.
He gives us plenty of good things.
    He makes us young again,
    like an eagle that grows new feathers.
The Lord does what is fair.
    He brings justice to all who have been hurt by others.
He taught his laws to Moses.
    He let Israel see the powerful things he can do.
The Lord is kind and merciful.
    He is patient and full of love.
He does not always criticize.
    He does not stay angry with us forever.
10 We sinned against him,
    but he didn’t give us the punishment we deserved.
11 His love for his followers is
    as high above us as heaven is above the earth.
12 And he has taken our sins
    as far away from us as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is as kind to his followers
    as a father is to his children.
14 He knows all about us.
    He knows we are made from dust.
15 He knows our lives are short, that they are like grass.
    He knows we are like a little wildflower that grows so quickly,
16 but when the hot wind blows, it dies.
    Soon, you cannot even see where the flower was.
17 But the Lord has always loved his followers,
    and he will continue to love them forever and ever!
    He will be good to all their descendants,
18 to those who are faithful to his agreement
    and who remember to obey his commands.
19 The Lord set his throne up in heaven,
    and he rules over everything.
20 Angels, praise the Lord!
    You angels are the powerful soldiers who obey his commands.
    You listen to him and obey his commands.
21 Praise the Lord, all his armies.[a]
    You are his servants,
    and you do what he wants.
22 Everything the Lord has made should praise him
    throughout the world that he rules!
My soul, praise the Lord!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 103:21 armies This word can mean “armies,” “angels,” or the “stars and planets.” This word is part of the name translated “Lord All-Powerful.” It shows that God is in control of all the powers in the universe.

Psalm 103

Of David.

Praise the Lord,(A) my soul;(B)
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.(C)
Praise the Lord,(D) my soul,
    and forget not(E) all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins(F)
    and heals(G) all your diseases,
who redeems your life(H) from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,(I)
who satisfies(J) your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed(K) like the eagle’s.(L)

The Lord works righteousness(M)
    and justice for all the oppressed.(N)

He made known(O) his ways(P) to Moses,
    his deeds(Q) to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,(R)
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;(S)
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve(T)
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love(U) for those who fear him;(V)
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions(W) from us.

13 As a father has compassion(X) on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,(Y)
    he remembers that we are dust.(Z)
15 The life of mortals is like grass,(AA)
    they flourish like a flower(AB) of the field;
16 the wind blows(AC) over it and it is gone,
    and its place(AD) remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children(AE)
18 with those who keep his covenant(AF)
    and remember(AG) to obey his precepts.(AH)

19 The Lord has established his throne(AI) in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules(AJ) over all.

20 Praise the Lord,(AK) you his angels,(AL)
    you mighty ones(AM) who do his bidding,(AN)
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,(AO)
    you his servants(AP) who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works(AQ)
    everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.(AR)

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