Psalms Chapter 89 |
1A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
2I will sing of the Lord’s steadfast love forever;
to all generations I will proclaim Your faithfulness with my mouth.
3I declare, “Your steadfast love is confirmed forever;
there in the heavens You establish Your faithfulness.”
4“I have made a covenant with My chosen one;
I have sworn to My servant David:
5I will establish your offspring forever,
I will confirm your throne for all generations.” Selah.
6Your wonders, O Lord, are praised by the heavens,
Your faithfulness, too, in the assembly of holy beings.
7For who in the skies can equal the Lord,
can compare with the Lord among the divine beings,
8a God greatly dreaded in the council of holy beings,
held in awe by all around Him?
9O Lord, God of hosts,
who is mighty like You, O Lord?
Your faithfulness surrounds You;
10You rule the swelling of the sea;
when its waves surge, You still them.
11You crushed Rahab; he was like a corpse;
with Your powerful arm You scattered Your enemies.
12The heaven is Yours,
the earth too;
the world and all it holds—
You established them.
13North and south—
You created them;
Tabor and Hermon sing forth Your name.
14Yours is an arm endowed with might;
Your hand is strong;
Your right hand, exalted.
15Righteousness and justice are the base of Your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness stand before You.
16Happy is the people who know the joyful shout;
O Lord, they walk in the light of Your presence.
17They rejoice in Your name all day long;
they are exalted through Your righteousness.
18For You are their strength in which they glory;
our horn is exalted through Your favor.
19Truly our shield is of the Lord,
our king, of the Holy One of Israel.
20Then You spoke to Your faithful ones in a vision
and said, “I have conferred power upon a warrior;
I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
21I have found David, My servant;
anointed him with My sacred oil.
22My hand shall be constantly with him,
and My arm shall strengthen him.
23No enemy shall oppress him,
no vile man afflict him.
24I will crush his adversaries before him;
I will strike down those who hate him.
25My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
his horn shall be exalted through My name.
26I will set his hand upon the sea,
his right hand upon the rivers.
27He shall say to Me,
‘You are my father, my God, the rock of my deliverance.’
28I will appoint him first-born,
highest of the kings of the earth.
29I will maintain My steadfast love for him always;
My covenant with him shall endure.
30I will establish his line forever,
his throne, as long as the heavens last.
31If his sons forsake My Teaching
and do not live by My rules;
32if they violate My laws,
and do not observe My commands,
33I will punish their transgression with the rod,
their iniquity with plagues.
34But I will not take away My steadfast love from him;
I will not betray My faithfulness.
35I will not violate My covenant,
or change what I have uttered.
36I have sworn by My holiness, once and for all;
I will not be false to David.
37His line shall continue forever,
his throne, as the sun before Me,
38as the moon, established forever,
an enduring witness in the sky.” Selah.
39Yet You have rejected, spurned,
and become enraged at Your anointed.
40You have repudiated the covenant with Your servant;
You have dragged his dignity in the dust.
41You have breached all his defenses,
shattered his strongholds.
42All who pass by plunder him;
he has become the butt of his neighbors.
43You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries,
and made all his enemies rejoice.
44You have turned back the blade of his sword,
and have not sustained him in battle.
45You have brought his splendor to an end
and have hurled his throne to the ground.
46You have cut short the days of his youth;
You have covered him with shame. Selah.
47How long, O Lord; will You forever hide Your face,
will Your fury blaze like fire?
48O remember how short my life is;
why should You have created every man in vain?
49What man can live and not see death,
can save himself from the clutches of Sheol? Selah.
50O Lord, where is Your steadfast love of old
which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?
51Remember, O Lord, the abuse flung at Your servants
that I have borne in my bosom [from] many peoples,
52how Your enemies, O Lord, have flung abuse,
abuse at Your anointed at every step.
53Blessed is the Lord forever;
Amen and Amen.
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