Psalm 103:4
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New American Standard Bible
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

King James Bible
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Darby Bible Translation
Who redeemeth thy life from the pit, who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies;

World English Bible
who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies;

Young's Literal Translation
Who is redeeming from destruction thy life, Who is crowning thee -- kindness and mercies,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction - That is, who saves it from death when exposed to danger, or when attacked by disease. The word "destruction" or "corruption" here is equivalent to the grave, since it is there that the body returns to corruption. Compare the notes at Psalm 16:10.

Who crowneth thee - The idea here is not merely that God is the source of these blessings, but that there is something of beauty, of dignity, of honor, as in the conferring of a crown or garland on anyone. Compare the notes at Psalm 65:11.

With loving-kindness and tender mercies - mercy and compassions. God showed mercy to him - evinced compassion - and these were so abundant that they might be said to be the crown or ornament of his life.

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What 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
"Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction."--Ps. ciii. 3, 4. THERE is one theological word which has found its way lately into nearly all the newer and finer literature of our country. It is not only one of the words of the literary world at present, it is perhaps the word. Its reality, its certain influence, its universality, have at last been recognised, and in spite of its theological name have forced it into a place which nothing
Henry Drummond—The Ideal Life

"For what the Law could not Do, in that it was Weak Though the Flesh, God Sending his Own Son,"
Rom. viii. 3.--"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak though the flesh, God sending his own Son," &c. Of all the works of God towards man, certainly there is none hath so much wonder in it, as the sending of his Son to become man; and so it requires the exactest attention in us. Let us gather our spirits to consider of this mystery,--not to pry into the secrets of it curiously, as if we had no more to do but to satisfy our understandings; but rather that we may see what this concerns
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Why all Things Work for Good
1. The grand reason why all things work for good, is the near and dear interest which God has in His people. The Lord has made a covenant with them. "They shall be my people, and I will be their God" (Jer. xxxii. 38). By virtue of this compact, all things do, and must work, for good to them. "I am God, even thy God" (Psalm l. 7). This word, Thy God,' is the sweetest word in the Bible, it implies the best relations; and it is impossible there should be these relations between God and His people, and
Thomas Watson—A Divine Cordial

Cross References
Psalm 5:12
For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield.

Psalm 8:5
Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!

Psalm 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.

Psalm 55:18
He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me.

Psalm 71:23
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed.

Psalm 107:20
He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.

Psalm 130:7
O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption.

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