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Bible Commentaries

Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Psalms 103

Verses 1-22

In this Ps. the hope of the previous one has been fulfilled, and sorrow has given place to thanksgiving. Its probable date is soon after the return from exile. The Psalmist utters his personal gratitude and praise (Psalms 103:1-5), and tells how God has shown to Israel in his own day the same power and grace which He showed in the days of Moses (Psalms 103:6-12). Special emphasis is laid on God’s fatherly pity for His people in their frailty, and on the eternity of His mercy as shown to generation after generation (Psalms 103:13-18). An ascription of praise to God as the universal King, in which all His angels and all His works are called to join, closes the Ps. (Psalms 103:19-22).

5. See Isaiah 40:31. The eagle’s strength seemed to indicate perpetual youth.

6. Righteousness and judgment] RV ’righteous acts and judgments,’ i.e. deliverances.

17. Expresses the same assurance as Psalms 102:23-28.

19. Prepared] RV ’established.’

21. Ministers] servants, referring to the angels.

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Psalms 103". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.