Psalms 103:15-17

15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—

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Psalms 103:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
ESV
15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;
NLT
15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
MSG
15 Men and women don't live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
CSB
15 As for man, his days are like grass- he blooms like a flower of the field;

Psalms 103:15-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 103

\\<>\\. The Targum adds, ``spoken in prophecy,'' as doubtless it was, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Some think it was written by David, after a fit of illness, and his recovery from it, since he speaks of his diseases being healed, and his youth renewed; for which reason the Syriac interpreter suggests it was written in his old age; for he makes the subject of the psalm to be, ``concerning coldness which prevailed upon him in old age;'' but rather he wrote it when his heart was warm with a sense of the love of God, and spiritual blessings of grace flowing from thence; and in it celebrates and sings the benefits of New Testament times; and it is a psalm suitable to be sung by every believer, under a quick sense of divine favours: wherefore the above interpreter better adds, ``also an instruction and thanksgiving by men of God;'' whom the psalmist may very well be thought to personate, even in Gospel times; and much rather than the Jews in captivity, as Kimchi thinks.

Psalms 103:15-17 In-Context

13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Psalms 37:2; Psalms 90:5; Psalms 102:11; Isaiah 40:6
  • 2. S Job 14:2; James 1:10; 1 Peter 1:24
  • 3. Isaiah 40:7; Haggai 1:9
  • 4. S Job 7:8; Job 7:10
  • 5. S Genesis 48:11; S Ezra 9:12
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