Psalm 103:13
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New International Version
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

New Living Translation
The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

English Standard Version
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

New American Standard Bible
Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

King James Bible
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

International Standard Version
As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.

NET Bible
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on his faithful followers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as a father shows compassion upon children, Lord Jehovah shows compassion upon his worshipers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Like as a father has mercy upon his children, so the LORD has mercy upon those that fear him.

King James 2000 Bible
Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.

American King James Version
Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.

American Standard Version
Like as a father pitieth his children, So Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear him:

Darby Bible Translation
As a father pitieth [his] children, so Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.

English Revised Version
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

World English Bible
Like a father has compassion on his children, so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him.

Young's Literal Translation
As a father hath mercy on sons, Jehovah hath mercy on 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 13. - Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him (comp. Deuteronomy 32:6; Job 10:8; Isaiah 29:16; Isaiah 63:16; Isaiah 64:8, etc.). (For the nature of the "fear" spoken of, both here and in ver. 11, see the description in vers. 17, 18.) It must be a fear that produces obedience, or, in New Testament phrase, that is a "godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Like as a father pitieth his children,.... When in any affliction, disorder, or distress: the Lord stands in the relation of a Father to his people; they are his children by adopting grace, through the covenant of grace with them; by a sovereign act of his own will he puts them among the children, predestinates them to the adoption of children; and sends his Son to redeem them, that they might receive it, and his Spirit to bear witness to their spirits, that they are his children; and towards these he has all the affections of a tender parent.

So the Lord pitieth them that fear him; not with a servile fear, which is unsuitable to the relation of children; but with reverence and godly fear, with a fear of him and his goodness, and on account of that; a filial fear, such a reverence as children should have of a father: and this character belongs to all the saints of all nations, Jews or Gentiles; and seems to be here given an purpose to include all; and that the divine pity and compassion might not be thought to be restrained to any particular nation. And, as the fruit of his tender mercy, he looks upon his children in their lost estate, and brings them out of it; he succours them under all their temptations; he sympathizes with them under all their afflictions: being full of compassion, he forgives their iniquities; and in the most tender manner receives them when they have backslidden, and heals their backslidings. The Targum in the king of Spain's Bible is,

"so the Word of the Lord pities,''

&c. See Hebrews 4:15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. pitieth—literally, "has compassion on."

Psalm 103:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
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. 14For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 24:21
Say to the people of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to desecrate my sanctuary--the stronghold in which you take pride, the delight of your eyes, the object of your affection. The sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword.

Malachi 3:17
"On the day when I act," says the LORD Almighty, "they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.
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