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Remembering the Covenant with David, and Sorrow for Lost Blessings

89 A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.a

I will sing forever of Yahweh’s acts of loyal love.

From generation to generationb

I will make known your faithfulness with my mouth.

For I say, “Forever your loyal love is built up.

The heavens you have established with your faithfulness in them.”

“I made a covenant with my chosen one;

I swore an oath to David my servant:

‘I will establish your descendants forever,

and I will build up your throne from generation to generation.’ ”c Selah

And so the heavens will praise your wonderful deed, O Yahweh,

even your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones.

For who in the skyd is equal to Yahweh?

Who is like Yahweh among the sons of God,

a God feared greatly in the council of the holy ones,

and awesome above all surrounding him?

O Yahweh God of hosts,

who is mighty like you, O Yah,

withe your faithfulness surrounding you?

You are ruling the surging of the sea.

When its waves rise, you yourself stillf them.

10 You yourself crushedg Rahab like one who is slain;

you scattered your enemies with your strong arm.

11 The heavens are yours, the earth yours as well,

the world with its fullness, because you founded them.

12 North and south, you created them;

Tabor and Hermon shout joyfully over your name.

13 You have a mighty arm;

Your hand is strong; your right hand reaches high.

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.

Loyal love and faithfulnessh come before your face.i

15 Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout;

O Yahweh, they walk about in the light of your countenance.

16 In your name they rejoice all the day,

and in your righteousness they rise up.

17 For you are the glory of their strength,

and by your favor our horn rises up,j

18 because our shield belongs to Yahweh,k

and our king to the Holy One of Israel.l

19 Formerly you spoke in a vision

to your faithful ones, and said,

“I have bestowed help on a mighty man;

I have exalted one chosen from the people.

20 I have found David, my servant.

With my holy oil I have anointed him,

21 with whom my hand will be steadfast.

Surely my arm will strengthen him.

22 The enemy will not deceive him,

and no evil manm will afflict him.

23 But I will crush his adversaries before him,

and I will strike those who hate him.

24 And so my faithfulness

and my loyal love will be with him,

and in my name his horn will rise up.

25 And I will set his hand on the sea

and his right hand on the rivers.

26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,

my God, and the rock of my salvation.’

27 I will also make him the firstborn,

the highest of the kings of the earth.

28 Forever I will keep my loyal love for him,

and my covenant will be reliable for him.

29 I will also establish his offspring forever,

and his throne as the days of the heavens.

30 If his sons forsake my law

and do not walk in my judgments,

3if they defilen my statutes

and do not keep my commandments,

32 then I will punish their transgression with a rod,

and their guilt with wounds.

33 But I will not break off my loyal love from him,

and I will not be false against my faithfulness.

34 I will not defileo my covenant,

or alter what proceeded from my lips.

35 Oncep I have sworn by my holiness,

‘I will surely not lie to David,

36 His offspring will endureq forever,

and his throne as the sun before me.

37 Like the moon it will be steadfast forever,

and like an enduring witness in the sky.’ ” Selah

38 But you have spurned and rejected;

you are very angry with your anointed one.

39 You have repudiated the covenant with your servant;

you have defiledr his crown ins the dirt.

40 You have broken down all his walls;

you have made his fortifications a ruin.

41 All passing along the road plunder him;

he has become a taunt to his neighbors.

42 You have raised the right handt of his adversaries.

You have made all his enemies rejoice.

43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword

and have not helped him stand his ground in the battle.

44 You have made his splendor to cease,

and cast his throne to the ground.

45 You have cut short the days of his youth;

you have covered him with shame. Selah

46 How long, O Yahweh? Will you hide yourself forever?

Will your wrath burn like fire forever?

47 Remember what my lifespan is.

Remember for what vanity

you have created all the children of humankind.

48 What man can live on and not see death?

Can he deliver his life from the poweru of Sheol? Selah

49 Where are your former acts of loyal love, O Lord,

that you swore to David by your faithfulness?

50 Remember, O Lord the taunting of your servants,

how I bear in my bosom the taunts of all the many peoples,

51 by which your enemies taunt, O Yahweh,

by which they taunt the steps of your anointed one.

52 Blessed be Yahweh forever.

Amen and Amen.


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