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Psalm 103
8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

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

14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

18To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.



Some people may say that God is a cruel taskmaster full of ill intentions for all men. Yet here in the Old Testament is a picture of God Almighty not as a cruel hard taskmaster, but as a compassionate caretaker of men. Men often sink deeper into a bottomless pit by struggling against those sins that beset them. They'll fight and fight, sometimes valiantly and yet in the end without God a man still is slain in the end, a victim of his own sin cursed diseased soul.

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