Psalms 103:10

10 He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.

Psalms 103:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 103:10

He hath not dealt with us after our sins
God deals with his people, and deals with them roundly, for their sins, reproving them by his Spirit, and by his ministers, and by his chastising rod; but not after or according to them, or as they deserve; in this David acknowledges himself and other saints, with whom he joins, to be sinners, to have been guilty of sins, as none live without them; and that God had taken notice of them, and chastised them for them; but in great moderation, and not according to the due demerit of them:

nor rewarded us according to our iniquities;
had he, if every transgression had received its just recompence of reward, they must have been sent to hell; the lake burning with fire and brimstone must have been their portion; the wages of sin is eternal death: the reason why God deals not with nor rewards his people according to the due desert of their sins is because Christ has bore them, and the chastisement of them, and made satisfaction to divine justice for them; see ( Ezra 9:13 ) .

Psalms 103:10 In-Context

8 God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he's rich in love.
9 He doesn't endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever.
10 He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
11 As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him.
12 And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.
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