Psalms 145:8

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

Psalms 145:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 God is all mercy and grace - not quick to anger, is rich in love.
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 Jehovah is gracious, and merciful; Slow to anger, and of great lovingkindness.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 The LORD is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and great in faithful love.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 The LORD is gracious. He is kind and tender. He is slow to get angry. He is full of love.

Psalms 145:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 145:8

The Lord [is] gracious
These are the epithets of our Lord Jesus Christ, and may be truly and with great propriety said of him; he is "gracious", kind, and good, in the instances before mentioned; he is full of grace, and readily distributes it; his words are words of grace; his Gospel, and the doctrines of it, are doctrines of grace; his works are works of grace, all flowing from his wondrous grace and mercy: and full of compassion:
or "merciful" F4, in the most tender manner; hence he came into the world to save sinners, and in his pity redeemed them; and when on earth showed his compassion both to the bodies and souls of men, by healing the one and instructing the other; and particularly had compassion on the ignorant, and them that were out of the way; pitying those that were as sheep without a shepherd, as the blind Jews under their blind guides were; and is very compassionate to his people under all their temptations, afflictions, trials, and exercises; see ( Hebrews 2:17 Hebrews 2:18 ) ( 4:15 ) ( 5:2 ) ( Matthew 5:36 Matthew 5:37 ) ( Mark 5:19 ) ( Isaiah 63:9 ) ; slow to anger;
to the wicked Jews, though often provoked by their calumnies and reproaches, and by their ill behaviour to him in various instances; yet we never read but once of his being angry, and that was through grief at the hardness of their hearts, ( Mark 3:5 ) ; and likewise to his own disciples, who were often froward and perverse, and of bad spirits, very troublesome and afflictive to him, yet he patiently bore with them: and of great mercy;
a merciful High Priest, typified by the mercy seat, where we may find grace and mercy at all times; through whom God is merciful to sinners, and to whose mercy we are to look for eternal life.


F4 (Mwxr) "misericors", V. L. Tigurine version, Musculus, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis.

Psalms 145:8 In-Context

6 They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you.

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Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 86:15; Psalms 103:8
  • 2. S Psalms 86:5; Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18
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