A psalm* of Ethan the Ezrahite.
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.
I have sworn this oath to him:
they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.’ ”
myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.
What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord?
He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.
Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?
You are entirely faithful.
You subdue their storm-tossed waves.
10 You crushed the great sea monster.*
You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
everything in the world is yours—you created it all.
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon praise your name.
Strong is your hand!
Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.
Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.
for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
They exult in your righteousness.
It pleases you to make us strong.
and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.
You said, “I have raised up a warrior.
I have selected him from the common people to be king.
I have anointed him with my holy oil.
with my powerful arm I will make him strong.
nor will the wicked overpower him.
and destroy those who hate him.
and by my authority he will grow in power.
his dominion over the rivers.
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
the mightiest king on earth.
my covenant with him will never end.
his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven.
and fail to obey my regulations,
and fail to keep my commands,
and their disobedience with beating.
nor fail to keep my promise to him.
I will not take back a single word I said.
and in my holiness I cannot lie:
his kingdom will endure as the sun.
my faithful witness in the sky!”
You are angry with your anointed king.
you have thrown his crown in the dust.
and ruined every fort defending him.
and he has become a joke to his neighbors.
and made them all rejoice.
and refused to help him in battle.
and overturned his throne.
and publicly disgraced him.
Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your anger burn like fire?
how empty and futile this human existence!
No one can escape the power of the grave.*
You promised it to David with a faithful pledge.
I carry in my heart the insults of so many people.
they mock your anointed king wherever he goes.
Amen and amen!
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