Psalm 103:8

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Read Psalm 103:8 Using Other Translations

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

What does Psalm 103:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 103:8

The Lord is merciful and gracious
So he made himself known to Moses, ( Exodus 34:6 ) , and so David found him to be, and therefore calls upon his soul to bless his name. God is "merciful" in the most tender and affectionate manner; he has bowels of mercy, which yearn towards his people, as those of a tender parent to its child, as the word signifies; his mercy is free, without any motive or merit in men to engage it; he delights in showing it; he constantly bestows it; it is the source of all good things; it is communicated through Christ; all mercies temporal and spiritual come by him; and this lays a foundation for faith and hope: and he is gracious, as appears in the eternal choice of his people to salvation; in providing a Saviour and a ransom for them; in giving all grace and the blessings of it to them in his Son; in giving him for them, and all things to them with him; in justifying them by his righteousness; in pardoning their sins for his sake; in taking them into his family; in regenerating, calling, preserving, and saving them:

slow to anger,
or "longsuffering" F4; even to wicked men, to the vessels of wrath, to the old world, yea, to Jezebel, to whom he gave space to repent; which longsuffering being abused and despised, is an aggravation of condemnation: but rather here it intends God's longsuffering to his people, as before conversion, waiting till the time comes that he is gracious to them; and after conversion, notwithstanding their backslidings and revoltings; and this longsuffering is their salvation:

and plenteous in mercy;
large and abundant in it, as appears by the various instances of it, and ways and methods in which he shows it; in election, in the covenant, in redemption, in regeneration, in pardon and eternal life; and by the abundance of it which he bestows on every one of his people; and by the vast numbers which do partake of it.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 (Mypa Kra) "longanimis", V. L. Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius.
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