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Psalms 103:8

    Psalms 103:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jehovah is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The Lord is kind and full of pity, not quickly made angry, but ever ready to have mercy.

    Webster's Revision

    Jehovah is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The LORD is full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 103:8

    The Lord is merciful - See the note on Psalm 86:15.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 103:8

    The Lord is merciful and gracious - See the notes at Psalm 78:38. The idea here is derived evidently from Exodus 34:6-7 - that great and glorious statement of God himself in regard to his own character. Our world is a different world under that statement from what it would be if that and kindred declarations had not been made. There is here a "progression" of thought; an "advance" on the previous statements. At first the psalmist referred to his own individual experience Psalm 103:3-5; then he referred to the dealings of God toward the Hebrew people Psalm 103:6-7; and now he rises to the general contemplation of his character as it relates to all mankind. It was a characteristic of God in respect to all, that he was kind, compassionate, and forbearing.

    Slow to anger - That is, patient; not soon excited; bearing much, and bearing it long. See James 5:11; compare Exodus 34:6-7.

    And plenteous in mercy - Margin, "great of mercy." The Hebrew word means "much," or great;" and the idea is, that mercy is not manifested by him in small or stinted measure. It is rich; full; abundant; overflowing; free.