13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

Other Translations of Psalm 103:13

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

The Message

13 As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him.

New King James Version

13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.

New Living Translation

13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 103:13

Commentary on Psalm 103:6-14

(Read Psalm 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.