“As far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
– Psalm 103:12 –
Commentary by Enduring Word
So far as the east is from the west: This is a description of the great forgiveness of God mentioned in Psalm 103:10. We have no idea if David knew the shape of the earth, but the Holy Spirit who inspired him to write this did, and the nature of the earth and our way of describing direction makes this statement more wonderful.
This is much greater than saying so far as the north is from the south, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. If you travel north on a globe, as soon as you go over the North Pole you begin to travel south. But if you travel east you will continue east forever. Given the true shape of the earth, east and west never meet—and this is how far God has removed our sins from us!
“As the east and the west can never meet in one point, but be for ever at the same distance from each other, so our sins and their decreed punishment are removed to an eternal distance by his mercy.” (Clarke)
iii. “At this day God loves us, and he will love us for ever. He loves us infinitely, and he could not love us more than that if we had never fallen.” (Spurgeon)