Psalm 103:2
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English Standard Version
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

King James Bible
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

American Standard Version
Bless Jehovah, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all he hath done for thee.

English Revised Version
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Webster's Bible Translation
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

On the way (ב as in Psalm 110:7) - not "by means of the way" (ב as in Psalm 105:18), in connection with which one would expect of find some attributive minuter definition of the way - God hath bowed down his strength (cf. Deuteronomy 8:2); it was therefore a troublous, toilsome way which he has been led, together with his people. He has shortened his days, so that he only drags on wearily, and has only a short distance still before him before he is entirely overcome. The Chethb כחו (lxx ἰσχύος αὐτοῦ) may be understood of God's irresistible might, as in Job 23:6; Job 30:18, but in connection with it the designation of the object is felt to be wanting. The introductory אמר (cf. Job 10:2), which announces a definite moulding of the utterance, serves to give prominence to the petition that follows. In the expression אל־תּעלני life is conceived of as a line the length of which accords with nature; to die before one's time is a being taken up out of this course, so that the second half of the line is not lived through (Psalm 55:24, Isaiah 38:10). The prayer not to sweep him away before his time, the poet supports not by the eternity of God in itself, but by the work of the rejuvenation of the world and of the restoration of Israel that is to be looked for, which He can and will bring to an accomplishment, because He is the ever-living One. The longing to see this new time is the final ground of the poet's prayer for the prolonging of his life. The confession of God the Creator in Psalm 102:26 reminds one in its form of Isaiah 48:13, cf. Psalm 44:24. המּה in Psalm 102:27 refers to the two great divisions of the universe. The fact that God will create heaven and earth anew is a revelation that is indicated even in Isaiah 34:4, but is first of all expressed more fully and in many ways in the second part of the Book of Isaiah, viz., Isaiah 51:6, Isaiah 51:16; Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah 66:22. It is clear from the agreement in the figure of the garment (Isaiah 51:6, cf. Psalm 50:9) and in the expression (עמד, perstare, as in Isaiah 66:22) that the poet has gained this knowledge from the prophet. The expressive אתּה הוּא, Thou art He, i.e., unalterably the same One, is also taken from the mouth of the prophet, Isaiah 41:4; Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 46:4; Isaiah 48:12; הוּא is a predicate, and denotes the identity (sameness) of Jahve (Hofmann, Schriftbeweis, i. 63). In v. 29 also, in which the prayer for a lengthening of life tapers off to a point, we hear Isaiah 65:2; Isaiah 66:22 re-echoed. And from the fact that in the mind of the poet as of the prophet the post-exilic Jerusalem and the final new Jerusalem upon the new earth under a new heaven blend together, it is evident that not merely in the time of Hezekiah or of Manasseh (assuming that Isaiah 40:1 are by the old Isaiah), but also even in the second half of the Exile, such a perspectively foreshortened view was possible. When, moreover, the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews at once refers Psalm 102:26-28 to Christ, this is justified by the fact that the God whom the poet confesses as the unchangeable One is Jahve who is to come.

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Psalm 105:5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

Psalm 106:7,21 Our fathers understood not your wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of your mercies; but provoked him at the sea...

Psalm 116:12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

Deuteronomy 8:2-4,10-14 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you...

Deuteronomy 31:6,18 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you...

2 Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done to him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath on him...

Isaiah 63:1,7 Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel...

Jeremiah 2:31,32 O generation, see you the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel? a land of darkness? why say my people, We are lords...

Luke 17:15-18 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God...

Ephesians 2:11-13 Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 6:12
then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Deuteronomy 8:11
"Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today,

1 Chronicles 16:12
Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered,

Psalm 116:12
What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?

Daniel 2:20
Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.

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