Psalm 103:14
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New International Version
for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

New Living Translation
For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.

English Standard Version
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

New American Standard Bible
For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.

King James Bible
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He knows what we are made of, remembering that we are dust.

International Standard Version
For he knows how we were formed, aware that we were made from dust.

NET Bible
For he knows what we are made of; he realizes we are made of clay.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because he knows our form; he remembers that we are dust.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are dust.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

King James 2000 Bible
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

American King James Version
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

American Standard Version
For he knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.

Douay-Rheims Bible
for he knoweth our frame. He remembereth that we are dust:

Darby Bible Translation
For himself knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

English Revised Version
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

World English Bible
For he knows how we are made. He remembers that we are dust.

Young's Literal Translation
For He hath known our frame, Remembering that we are dust.
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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 14. - For he knoweth our frame; or, our formation (Kay) - the manner in which we were formed (see Genesis 2:7). He remembereth that we are dust (comp. Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19; Genesis 19:27; Job 34:15, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he knoweth our frame,.... The outward frame of their bodies, what brittle ware, what earthen vessels, they be; he being the potter, they the clay, he knows what they are able to bear, and what not; that if he lays his hand too heavy, or strikes too hard, or repeats his strokes too often, they will fall in pieces: he knows the inward frame of their minds, the corruption of their nature, how prone they are to sin; and therefore does not expect perfect services from them: how impotent they are to that which is good; that they can do nothing of themselves; nor think a good thought, nor do a good action; and that their best frames are very uncertain ones; and that, though the spirit may be willing, the flesh is weak. The word used is the same that is rendered "imagination", Genesis 6:5, and by which the Jews generally express the depravity and corruption of nature; and so the Targum here paraphrases it,

"for he knows our evil concupiscence, which causes us to sin;''

and to this sense Kimchi.

He remembereth that we are dust (b); are of the dust originally, and return to it again at death; and into which men soon crumble when he lays his hand upon them; this he considers, see Psalm 78:38. The Targum is,

"it is remembered before him, that we are of the dust:''

the Septuagint version makes a petition of it, "remember that we are dust"; and so the Arabic version. And we should remember it ourselves, and be humble before God; and wonder at his grace and goodness to us, Genesis 18:27.

(b) "Pulvis et umbra sumus", Horat. Carmin. l. 4. Ode 7. v. 16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. he—"who formed," Ps 94:9.

knoweth our frame—literally, "our form."

we are dust—made of and tending to it (Ge 2:7).

Psalm 103:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
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. 15As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.…
Cross References
Genesis 3:19
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

Psalm 39:4
"Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.

Psalm 78:39
He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

Psalm 136:23
He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.

Ecclesiastes 3:20
All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.

Ecclesiastes 12:7
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Isaiah 29:16
You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, "You did not make me"? Can the pot say to the potter, "You know nothing"?
Treasury of Scripture

For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

he knoweth

Psalm 78:38,39 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed …

Psalm 89:47 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

we are dust

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Job 7:5-7,21 My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, …

Job 10:9 Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will …

Job 13:25 Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? and will you pursue the dry stubble?

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit …

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