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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 103

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Praise of Divine Goodness

1Of David.

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Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name! 2Bless the LORD, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God, 3Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills, 4Delivers your life from the pit, x Pss 28, 1; 30, 4; 40, 3; 69, 16; 88, 5; 143, 7; Prv 1, 12; Jon 2, 7 . surrounds you with love and compassion, 5Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's.*

II

6The LORD does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed. y Ps 146, 6–7 . 7His ways were revealed to Moses, mighty deeds to the people of Israel. 8Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in kindness. z Pss 86, 15; 145, 8; Ex 34, 6–7; Nm 14, 18; Jer 3, 12; Jl 2, 13; Jon 4, 2 . 9God does not always rebuke, nurses no lasting anger, 10Has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our deeds deserve.

III

11As the heavens tower over the earth, so God's love towers over the faithful. a Is 55, 9 . 12As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed from us. 13As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on the faithful. 14For he knows how we are formed, remembers that we are dust. b Ps 90, 3 . 15Our days are like the grass; like flowers of the field we blossom. c Pss 37, 2; 90, 5–6; Is 40, 7 . 16The wind sweeps over us and we are gone; our place knows us no more. 17But the LORD's kindness is forever, toward the faithful from age to age. He favors the children's children 18of those who keep his covenant, who take care to fulfill its precepts.

IV

19The LORD's throne is established in heaven; God's royal power rules over all. 20Bless the LORD, all you angels, d Ps 148, 2; Dn 3, 58 . mighty in strength and attentive, obedient to every command. 21Bless the LORD, all you hosts, ministers who do God's will. 22Bless the LORD, all creatures, everywhere in God's domain. Bless the LORD, my soul!

Notes:

x: Pss 28, 1; 30, 4; 40, 3; 69, 16; 88, 5; 143, 7; Prv 1, 12; Jon 2, 7 .

y: Ps 146, 6–7 .

z: Pss 86, 15; 145, 8; Ex 34, 6–7; Nm 14, 18; Jer 3, 12; Jl 2, 13; Jon 4, 2 .

a: Is 55, 9 .

b: Ps 90, 3 .

c: Pss 37, 2; 90, 5–6; Is 40, 7 .

d: Ps 148, 2; Dn 3, 58 .

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