Psalm 103:16
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English Standard Version
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

King James Bible
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

American Standard Version
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; And the place thereof shall know it no more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the spirit shall pass in him, and he shall not be: and he shall know his place no more.

English Revised Version
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and its place shall know it no more.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

His range of vision being widened from himself, the poet now in Psalm 103:6 describes God's gracious and fatherly conduct towards sinful and perishing men, and that as it shines forth from the history of Israel and is known and recognised in the light of revelation. What Psalm 103:6 says is a common-place drawn from the history of Israel. משׁפּטים is an accusative governed by the עשׂה that is to be borrowed out of עשׂה (so Baer after the Masora). And because Psalm 103:6 is the result of an historical retrospect and survey, יודיע in Psalm 103:7 can affirm that which happened in the past (cf. Psalm 96:6.); for the supposition of Hengstenberg and Hitzig, that Moses here represents Israel like Jacob, Isaac, and Joseph in other instances, is without example in the whole Israelitish literature. It becomes clear from Psalm 103:8 in what sense the making of His ways known is meant. The poet has in his mind Moses' prayer: "make known to me now Thy way" (Exodus 33:13), which Jahve fulfilled by passing by him as he stood in the cleft of the rock and making Himself visible to him as he looked after Him, amidst the proclamation of His attributes. The ways of Jahve are therefore in this passage not those in which men are to walk in accordance with His precepts (Psalm 25:4), but those which He Himself follows in the course of His redemptive history (Psalm 67:3). The confession drawn from Exodus 34:6. is become a formula of the Israelitish faith (Psalm 86:15; Psalm 145:8; Joel 2:13; Nehemiah 9:17, and frequently). In Psalm 103:9. the fourth attribute (ורב־חסד) is made the object of further praise. He is not only long (ארך from ארך, like כּבד from כּבד) in anger, i.e., waiting a long time before He lets His anger loose, but when He contends, i.e., interposes judicially, this too is not carried to the full extent (Psalm 78:38), He is not angry for ever (נטר, to keep, viz., anger, Amos 1:11; cf. the parallels, both as to matter and words, Jeremiah 3:5; Isaiah 57:16). The procedure of His righteousness is regulated not according to our sins, but according to His purpose of mercy. The prefects in Psalm 103:10 state that which God has constantly not done, and the futures in Psalm 103:9 what He continually will not do.

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the wind

Job 27:20,21 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest steals him away in the night...

Isaiah 40:7 The grass wither, the flower fades: because the spirit of the LORD blows on it: surely the people is grass.

it is gone. Heb. it is not

Job 7:6-10 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope...

Job 8:18,19 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen you...

Job 20:9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.

Cross References
Job 7:10
he returns no more to his house, nor does his place know him anymore.

Job 8:18
If he is destroyed from his place, then it will deny him, saying, 'I have never seen you.'

Job 20:9
The eye that saw him will see him no more, nor will his place any more behold him.

Isaiah 40:7
The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass.

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