Psalm 103:12
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New International Version
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

New Living Translation
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

English Standard Version
as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

New American Standard Bible
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

King James Bible
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

International Standard Version
As distant as the east is from the west, that is how far he has removed our sins from us.

NET Bible
As far as the eastern horizon is from the west, so he removes the guilt of our rebellious actions from us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as the East is far from the West so will our evil be far from us!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As far as the east is from the west- that is how far he has removed our rebellious acts from himself.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our rebellions from us.

King James 2000 Bible
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

American King James Version
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

American Standard Version
As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our iniquities from us.

Darby Bible Translation
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

English Revised Version
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Webster's Bible Translation
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

World English Bible
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Young's Literal Translation
As the distance of east from west He hath put far from us our transgressions.
Parallel Commentaries
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 12. - As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. God's mercy is the cause, the removal of sin the result. The two are commensurate, and are "described by the largest measures which the earth can afford."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As far as the east is from the west,.... Which Kimchi thinks is mentioned because it contains the length of the habitable world; and therefore it is not said as far as the north is from the south; since a man can go from east to west, but not from north to south, because of the extreme heat and cold. But this distance is not given with respect to those opposite parts of the earth, which scarcely exceed 12700 miles; but with respect to those opposite points in the heavens: and the meaning is, that as far as the eastern point of the heavens is from the western point of them; which more illustrates the matter in hand, or the blessing later mentioned, than the other.

So far hath he removed our transgressions from us; which removed men and angels from God, and set them at a distance from him; and which, if not removed, are such burdens as must sink men down into the lowest hell; and yet cannot be removed by anything that they can do; not by any sacrifices, services, or duties of any kind; nor in any other way, nor by any other person, than the Lord himself: and this is to be understood not of a removal of the being of sin out of his people, for that is not done in this life; rather of the removal of the guilt of sin, by a special application of pardoning grace and mercy; see 2 Samuel 12:13, but, best of all, of a removal of sins to Christ, and of them by his sacrifice and satisfaction: Christ engaged as a surety for his people; Jehovah the Father considered him as such; and therefore did not impute their sins to them, but to him; and when he sent him in the likeness of sinful flesh, he removed them from them, and laid them upon him; who voluntarily took them on himself, cheerfully bore them, and, by bearing them, removed the iniquity of the land in one day; and carried them away to the greatest distance, and even put them away for ever by the sacrifice of himself; and upon the satisfaction he gave to divine justice, the Lord removed them both from him and them; justified and acquitted him, and his people in him: and by this means so effectually, and so far, are their transgressions removed, that they shall never be seen any more, nor ever be imputed to them, nor be brought against them to their condemnation; in consequence of which, pardon is applied to them, and so sin is removed from their consciences, as before observed; see Leviticus 16:21.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. removed … from us—so as no longer to affect our relations to Him.

Psalm 103:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
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. 13Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.…
Cross References
Hebrews 9:26
Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

2 Samuel 12:13
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

Psalm 32:5
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD." And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Isaiah 38:17
Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.

Isaiah 43:25
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

Zechariah 3:9
See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.
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