Psalm 103:11
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New International Version
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;

New Living Translation
For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

English Standard Version
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

New American Standard Bible
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.

King James Bible
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him.

International Standard Version
As high as heaven rises above earth, so his gracious love strengthens those who fear him.

NET Bible
For as the skies are high above the earth, so his loyal love towers over his faithful followers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because as Heaven is higher than the Earth, so has the grace of Lord Jehovah prevailed upon his worshipers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As high as the heavens are above the earth- that is how vast his mercy is toward those who fear him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For as the heavens are high above the earth so does he increase his mercy over those that fear him.

King James 2000 Bible
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

American King James Version
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

American Standard Version
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is his lovingkindness toward them that fear him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For according to the height of the heaven above the earth: he hath strengthened his mercy towards them that fear him.

Darby Bible Translation
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his loving-kindness toward them that fear him.

English Revised Version
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Webster's Bible Translation
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy towards them that fear him.

World English Bible
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his loving kindness toward those who fear him.

Young's Literal Translation
For, as the height of the heavens is above the earth, His kindness hath been mighty over those fearing Him.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

103:6-14 Truly God is good to all: he is in a special manner good to Israel. He has revealed himself and his grace to them. By his ways we may understand his precepts, the ways he requires us to walk in; and his promises and purposes. He always has been full of compassion. How unlike are those to God, who take every occasion to chide, and never know when to cease! What would become of us, if God should deal so with us? The Scripture says a great deal of the mercy of God, and we all have experienced it. The father pities his children that are weak in knowledge, and teaches them; pities them when they are froward, and bears with them; pities them when they are sick, and comforts them; pities them when they are fallen, and helps them to rise; pities them when they have offended, and, upon their submission, forgives them; pities them when wronged, and rights them: thus the Lord pities those that fear him. See why he pities. He considers the frailty of our bodies, and the folly of our souls, how little we can do, how little we can bear; in all which his compassion appears.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him (comp. Psalm 36:5, "Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds"). The metaphor is bold, yet inadequate; for God's mercy is infinite.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For as the heaven is high above the earth,.... Which is the greatest distance known, or can be conceived of; the space between the heaven and the earth is seemingly almost infinite; and nothing can more illustrate the mercy of God, which reaches to the heavens, and is in heaven; though this is but a faint representation of the largeness and abundance of it, and which indeed is boundless and infinite:

so great is his mercy towards them that fear him, or, his mercy hath prevailed over them that fear him (a); as the waters of the flood prevailed upon the earth, and reached and overflowed the highest hills, Genesis 7:18, so abundant and superabundant is the grace of God over them that "fear" him. Which character is given, not as being the cause of their obtaining mercy, but as descriptive of the persons that partake of it; on whom it has such an effect, as to cause them to fear the Lord, and his goodness; and is mentioned to prevent obstinate and presumptuous sinners expecting it, or trusting to it.

(a) "praevalet super", Musculus; so Cocceius, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. great—efficient.

Psalm 103:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.…
Cross References
Psalm 36:5
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Psalm 57:10
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Psalm 115:11
You who fear him, trust in the LORD-- he is their help and shield.

Psalm 115:13
he will bless those who fear the LORD-- small and great alike.

Psalm 117:2
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.

Isaiah 55:9
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Treasury of Scripture

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

as the, etc. Heb. according to the height of heaven

Psalm 36:5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and your faithfulness reaches …

Psalm 57:10 For your mercy is great to the heavens, and your truth to the clouds.

Psalm 89:2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: your faithfulness …

Job 22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the …

Proverbs 25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of …

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher …

Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

Ephesians 3:18,19 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and …

his mercy

Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on them …

Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

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