Psalm 103:8
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New International Version
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

New Living Translation
The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

English Standard Version
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

King James Bible
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and rich in faithful love.

International Standard Version
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, patient, and abundantly rich in gracious love.

NET Bible
The LORD is compassionate and merciful; he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah is compassionate and cherishing; he is patient and his grace is abundant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is compassionate, merciful, patient, and always ready to forgive.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in mercy.

American King James Version
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

American Standard Version
Jehovah is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ford is compassionate and merciful: longsuffering and plenteous in mercy.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness.

English Revised Version
The LORD is full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in mercy.

World English Bible
Yahweh is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness.

Young's Literal Translation
Merciful and gracious is Jehovah, Slow to anger, and abundant in mercy.
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 8. - The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. This was a part of the revelation made to Moses (Exodus 34:6), whose words the psalmist closely echoes, both here and in Psalm 86:15 (comp. also Psalm 111:4; Psalm 112:4; Psalm 145:8).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord is merciful and gracious,.... So he made himself known to Moses, Exodus 34:6, and so David found him to be, and therefore calls upon his soul to bless his name. God is "merciful" in the most tender and affectionate manner; he has bowels of mercy, which yearn towards his people, as those of a tender parent to its child, as the word signifies; his mercy is free, without any motive or merit in men to engage it; he delights in showing it; he constantly bestows it; it is the source of all good things; it is communicated through Christ; all mercies temporal and spiritual come by him; and this lays a foundation for faith and hope: and he is gracious, as appears in the eternal choice of his people to salvation; in providing a Saviour and a ransom for them; in giving all grace and the blessings of it to them in his Son; in giving him for them, and all things to them with him; in justifying them by his righteousness; in pardoning their sins for his sake; in taking them into his family; in regenerating, calling, preserving, and saving them:

slow to anger, or "longsuffering" (d); even to wicked men, to the vessels of wrath, to the old world, yea, to Jezebel, to whom he gave space to repent; which longsuffering being abused and despised, is an aggravation of condemnation: but rather here it intends God's longsuffering to his people, as before conversion, waiting till the time comes that he is gracious to them; and after conversion, notwithstanding their backslidings and revoltings; and this longsuffering is their salvation:

and plenteous in mercy; large and abundant in it, as appears by the various instances of it, and ways and methods in which he shows it; in election, in the covenant, in redemption, in regeneration, in pardon and eternal life; and by the abundance of it which he bestows on every one of his people; and by the vast numbers which do partake of it.

(d) "longanimis", V. L. Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8-10. God's benevolence implies no merit. He shows it to sinners, who also are chastened for a time (Ex 34:6).

keep (anger)—in Le 19:18, bear a grudge (Jer 3:5, 12).

Psalm 103:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
7He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. 8The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. 9He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.…
Cross References
James 5:11
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Exodus 34:6
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,

Numbers 14:18
The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.'

Deuteronomy 4:31
For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.

2 Samuel 12:20
Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

Nehemiah 9:17
They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,

Psalm 62:12
and with you, Lord, is unfailing love"; and, "You reward everyone according to what they have done."

Psalm 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Psalm 86:15
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalm 111:4
He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate.

Psalm 116:5
The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.

Psalm 145:8
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

Isaiah 48:9
For my own name's sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely.

Joel 2:13
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

Jonah 4:2
He prayed to the LORD, "Isn't this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

Micah 7:18
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

Nahum 1:3
The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.
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The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

merciful

Psalm 86:5,15 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy …

Psalm 130:7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and …

Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Numbers 14:18 The LORD is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity …

Deuteronomy 5:10 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you …

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

Jeremiah 32:18 You show loving kindness to thousands, and recompense the iniquity …

Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Ephesians 1:7,8 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

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Joel 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD …

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not …

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all …

plenteous in mercy. Heb. great of mercy

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