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Psalms 103:13

    Psalms 103:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    As a father has pity on his children, so the Lord has pity on his worshippers.

    Webster's Revision

    Like 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 103:13

    Like as a father pitieth his children - This is a very emphatic verse, and may be thus translated: "As the tender compassions of a father towards his children; so the tender compassicns of Jehovah towards them that fear him." Nothing can place the tenderness and concern of God for his creatures in a stronger light than this. What yearnings of bowels does a father feel toward the disobedient child, who, sensible of his ingratitude and disobedience, falls at his parent's feet, covered with confusion and melted into tears, with, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am not worthy to be called thy son!" The same in kind, but infinitely more exquisite, does God feel when the penitent falls at his feet, and implores his mercy through Christ crucified.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 103:13

    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.