Psalm 103:1
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English Standard Version
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

King James Bible
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

American Standard Version
Bless Jehovah, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless his holy name.

English Revised Version
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

On the way (ב as in Psalm 110:7) - not "by means of the way" (ב as in Psalm 105:18), in connection with which one would expect of find some attributive minuter definition of the way - God hath bowed down his strength (cf. Deuteronomy 8:2); it was therefore a troublous, toilsome way which he has been led, together with his people. He has shortened his days, so that he only drags on wearily, and has only a short distance still before him before he is entirely overcome. The Chethb כחו (lxx ἰσχύος αὐτοῦ) may be understood of God's irresistible might, as in Job 23:6; Job 30:18, but in connection with it the designation of the object is felt to be wanting. The introductory אמר (cf. Job 10:2), which announces a definite moulding of the utterance, serves to give prominence to the petition that follows. In the expression אל־תּעלני life is conceived of as a line the length of which accords with nature; to die before one's time is a being taken up out of this course, so that the second half of the line is not lived through (Psalm 55:24, Isaiah 38:10). The prayer not to sweep him away before his time, the poet supports not by the eternity of God in itself, but by the work of the rejuvenation of the world and of the restoration of Israel that is to be looked for, which He can and will bring to an accomplishment, because He is the ever-living One. The longing to see this new time is the final ground of the poet's prayer for the prolonging of his life. The confession of God the Creator in Psalm 102:26 reminds one in its form of Isaiah 48:13, cf. Psalm 44:24. המּה in Psalm 102:27 refers to the two great divisions of the universe. The fact that God will create heaven and earth anew is a revelation that is indicated even in Isaiah 34:4, but is first of all expressed more fully and in many ways in the second part of the Book of Isaiah, viz., Isaiah 51:6, Isaiah 51:16; Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah 66:22. It is clear from the agreement in the figure of the garment (Isaiah 51:6, cf. Psalm 50:9) and in the expression (עמד, perstare, as in Isaiah 66:22) that the poet has gained this knowledge from the prophet. The expressive אתּה הוּא, Thou art He, i.e., unalterably the same One, is also taken from the mouth of the prophet, Isaiah 41:4; Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 46:4; Isaiah 48:12; הוּא is a predicate, and denotes the identity (sameness) of Jahve (Hofmann, Schriftbeweis, i. 63). In v. 29 also, in which the prayer for a lengthening of life tapers off to a point, we hear Isaiah 65:2; Isaiah 66:22 re-echoed. And from the fact that in the mind of the poet as of the prophet the post-exilic Jerusalem and the final new Jerusalem upon the new earth under a new heaven blend together, it is evident that not merely in the time of Hezekiah or of Manasseh (assuming that Isaiah 40:1 are by the old Isaiah), but also even in the second half of the Exile, such a perspectively foreshortened view was possible. When, moreover, the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews at once refers Psalm 102:26-28 to Christ, this is justified by the fact that the God whom the poet confesses as the unchangeable One is Jahve who is to come.

Psalm 103:1 Parallel Commentaries

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Psalm 103:22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Psalm 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with honor and majesty.

Psalm 146:1,2 Praise you the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul...

Luke 1:46,47 And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord...

all that

Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing you praises with understanding.

Psalm 57:7-11 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise...

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips:

Psalm 86:12,13 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify your name for ever more...

Psalm 111:1 Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

Psalm 138:1 I will praise you with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise to you.

Mark 12:30-33 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength...

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit...

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...

holy name

Psalm 99:3 Let them praise your great and terrible name; for it is holy.

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying...

Cross References
2 Samuel 12:20
Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate.

Psalm 33:21
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.

Psalm 104:1
Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty,

Psalm 104:35
Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more! Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!

Psalm 105:3
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

Psalm 145:21
My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Psalm 146:1
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!

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