As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; (NIV)
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. (KJV)
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. (NASB)
Someone has said that "man's weakness appeals to God's compassion." Just as a human father watches with loving understanding as his little fellow struggles with some man-sized load, so the Lord looks down in pity on us in our weakness. He knows what we are-that we are made of dust-that we are frail and helpless. Too often we forget what God remembers-that we are dust. This leads to pride, self-confidence, independence and breakdowns.
MacDonald, William ; Farstad, Arthur: Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1995, S. Ps 103:13
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