Psalm 103:17
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New International Version
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children--

New Living Translation
But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children's children

English Standard Version
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,

New American Standard Bible
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children,

King James Bible
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But from eternity to eternity the LORD's faithful love is toward those who fear Him, and His righteousness toward the grandchildren

International Standard Version
Yet the LORD's gracious love remains throughout eternity for those who fear him and his righteous acts extend to their children's children,

NET Bible
But the LORD continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers, and is faithful to their descendants,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The grace of Lord Jehovah is from eternity and unto eternity upon his worshipers and his righteousness to their children's children

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But from everlasting to everlasting, the LORD's mercy is on those who fear him. His righteousness belongs to their children and grandchildren,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those that fear him, and his righteousness unto the children's children,

King James 2000 Bible
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

American King James Version
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on them that fear him, and his righteousness to children's children;

American Standard Version
But the lovingkindness of Jehovah is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, And his righteousness unto children's children;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity and unto eternity upon them that fear him: And his justice unto children's children,

Darby Bible Translation
But the loving-kindness of Jehovah is from everlasting and to everlasting, upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children,

English Revised Version
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

Webster's Bible Translation
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness to children's children;

World English Bible
But Yahweh's loving kindness is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear him, his righteousness to children's children;

Young's Literal Translation
And the kindness of Jehovah Is from age even unto age on those fearing Him, And His righteousness to sons' sons,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

103:15-18 How short is man's life, and uncertain! The flower of the garden is commonly more choice, and will last the longer, for being sheltered by the garden-wall, and the gardener's care; but the flower of the field, to which life is here compared, is not only withering in itself, but exposed to the cold blasts, and liable to be cropt and trod on by the beasts of the field. Such is man. God considers this, and pities him; let him consider it himself. God's mercy is better than life, for it will outlive it. His righteousness, the truth of his promise, shall be unto children's children, who tread in the footsteps of their forefathers' piety. Then shall mercy be preserved to them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him (comp. vers. 11, 13). Through this "everlasting mercy" of God, man, though so feeble and fragile, does not wholly pass away, but continues to be the recipient of God's bounty. And his righteousness unto children's children. God's "righteousness" is his everlasting justice, by which he gives to men according to their deserts.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,.... In opposition to the frailty of man, the stability and duration of the mercy of God is observed. This reaches from one eternity to another; it is from everlasting in the heart of God: it appeared in the choice of the vessels of mercy; in the covenant of grace, which is founded upon it, and filled with it; every blessing of which flows from it, and therefore are called the "sure mercies of David". And it appears in time in the regeneration of God's elect, which is according to his abundant mercy; in the forgiveness of their sins, which is according to the multitude of his tender mercies; and in their whole salvation, which is by that, and not by works of righteousness; and will endure for ever, for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ is unto eternal life. It reaches from the world past to the world to come, as the Targum; and it is so "upon them that fear" the Lord; not with a servile, but a filial fear; a fear of the Lord and his goodness; which only is consistent with the grace and mercy of God, and a sense of it: not that the fear of God is the cause of mercy or grace; but, on the contrary, grace and mercy are the cause of the fear of God; which is a blessing of the covenant of grace, and one of the first things which appear in conversion; but this properly describes the persons who openly and manifestly share in the grace or mercy of God, and to whom he manifests it yet more and more; nor have any reason to believe they are the objects of it, until the true fear of God is wrought in their hearts; and, besides, this character may be given to show that the mercy and grace of God are not limited to the Israelites only, but belong to such of all nations that fear the Lord.

And his righteousness unto children's children; not the essential righteousness of God, but rather his faithfulness in the performance of his promises, which he will not suffer to fail: the justifying righteousness of Christ is here meant; which is an everlasting one, and is unto and upon all them that believe, in all successive generations; which is meant by the phrase of "children's children", even the spiritual seed of Christ, the seed of the church, the seed of Israel; to all and each of which, in every age, the word of God comes, and his promises are fulfilled; and who are justified by and glory in Christ, their righteousness; and who are further described in the next verse, which shows that not the carnal seed of them that fear the Lord are meant.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17, 18. For similar contrast compare Ps 90:2-6; 102:27, 28.

Psalm 103:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
16When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. 17But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, 18To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.…
Cross References
Luke 1:50
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

Exodus 20:6
but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Deuteronomy 5:10
but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Psalm 25:6
Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.

Psalm 69:27
Charge them with crime upon crime; do not let them share in your salvation.

Psalm 89:2
I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Psalm 105:8
He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

Psalm 128:6
May you live to see your children's children-- peace be on Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on them that fear him, and his righteousness to children's children;

the mercy

Psalm 89:1,2 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will …

Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures …

Psalm 118:1 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you …

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

Ephesians 1:4-8 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

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

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

his righteousness

Psalm 22:31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness to a people …

Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation …

Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath: …

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Micah 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and …

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: …

Romans 3:21-25 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being …

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ…

unto children's

Psalm 90:16 Let your work appear to your servants, and your glory to their children.

Exodus 20:6 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Deuteronomy 10:15 Only the LORD had a delight in your fathers to love them, and he …

Isaiah 41:8 But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed …

Jeremiah 33:24-26 Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families …

Acts 13:32-34 And we declare to you glad tidings, how that the promise which was …

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for …

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