New American Standard Bible
Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
King James Bible
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Darby Bible Translation
As a father pitieth his children, so Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.
World English Bible
Like a father has compassion on his children, so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him.
Young's Literal Translation
As a father hath mercy on sons, Jehovah hath mercy on those fearing Him.
Psalm 103:13 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Like as a father pitieth his children - Hebrew, "Like the compassion of a father for his children." See the notes at Matthew 7:7-11. God often compares himself with a father, and it is by carrying out our ideas of what enters into the parental character that we get our best conceptions of the character of God. See the notes at Matthew 6:9. That which is referred to here, is the natural affection of the parent for the child; the tender love which is borne by the parent for his offspring; the disposition to care for its needs; the readiness to forgive when an offence has been committed. Compare Luke 15:22-24. Such, in an infinitely higher degree, is the compassion - the kindness - which God has for those that love him.
So the Lord pitieth them that fear him - He has compassion on them. He exercises toward them the paternal feeling.
LibraryWhat the Flowers Say.
(Children's Flower Service.) PSALM ciii. 15. "As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth." Children, have you ever heard of the language of flowers? Now, of course, we know that flowers cannot speak as we can. I wish they could. I think they would say such sweet things. But in one way flowers do talk to us. When you give them some water, or when God sends a shower of rain upon them, they give forth a sweet smell; I think that the flowers are speaking then, I think that they are saying, "thank …
H. J. Wilmot-Buxton—The Life of Duty, a Year's Plain Sermons, v. 2
The Three Facts of Sin
"For what the Law could not Do, in that it was Weak Though the Flesh, God Sending his Own Son,"
Why all Things Work for Good
'Speak to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I am about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword.
"They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him."
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