Psalm 103:13
New International Version
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

New Living Translation
The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

English Standard Version
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

Berean Study Bible
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

Contemporary English Version
Just as parents are kind to their children, the LORD is kind to all who worship him,

Good News Translation
As a father is kind to his children, so the LORD is kind to those who honor him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

International Standard Version
As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.

NET Bible
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on his faithful followers.

New Heart English Bible
Like a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as a father shows compassion upon children, Lord Jehovah shows compassion upon his worshipers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Like as a father hath compassion upon his children, So hath the LORD compassion upon them that fear Him.

New American Standard 1977
Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Like as a father has mercy upon his children, so the LORD has mercy upon those that fear him.

King James 2000 Bible
Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.

American King James Version
Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.

American Standard Version
Like as a father pitieth his children, So Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As a father pities his children, the Lord pities them that fear him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear him:

Darby Bible Translation
As a father pitieth [his] children, so Jehovah pitieth them that fear him.

English Revised Version
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD 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.
Study Bible
Bless the LORD, O My Soul
12As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. 14For He knows our frame; He is mindful that we are dust.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 24:21
Tell the house of Israel that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'I am about to desecrate My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes, and the delight of your soul. And the sons and daughters you left behind will fall by the sword.

Malachi 3:17
"They will be Mine," says the LORD of Hosts, "on the day when I prepare My treasured possession. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.

Treasury of Scripture

Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.

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Numbers 11:12
Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?

Deuteronomy 3:5
All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.

Proverbs 3:12
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

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Psalm 103:11,17
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him…

Psalm 147:11
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Malachi 3:16,17
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name…







Lexicon
As a father
אָ֭ב (’āḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father

has compassion
כְּרַחֵ֣ם (kə·ra·ḥêm)
Preposition-k | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7355: To fondle, to love, to compassionate

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

his children,
בָּנִ֑ים (bā·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

so the LORD
יְ֝הוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

has compassion
רִחַ֥ם (ri·ḥam)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7355: To fondle, to love, to compassionate

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

those who fear Him.
יְרֵאָֽיו׃ (yə·rê·’āw)
Adjective - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3373: Fearing, reverent
(13) Father.--This anticipation of Christ's revelation of the paternal heart of God, is found also in the prophets.

Verse 13. - Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him (comp. Deuteronomy 32:6; Job 10:8; Isaiah 29:16; Isaiah 63:16; Isaiah 64:8, etc.). (For the nature of the "fear" spoken of, both here and in ver. 11, see the description in vers. 17, 18.) It must be a fear that produces obedience, or, in New Testament phrase, that is a "godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28). 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.
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