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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book III
 
LXXXIX
 
Jehovah’s Covenant with David, and Israel’s Afflictions
 
 
Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
 
 
[1]  I WILL sing of the lovingkindness of Jehovah for ever:
With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
[2]  For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever;
Thy faithfulness wilt thou establish in the very heavens.
 
[3]  I have made a covenant with my chosen,
I have sworn unto David my servant:
[4]  Thy seed will I establish for ever,
And build up thy throne to all generations.  [Selah
 
[5]  And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Jehovah;
Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
[6]  For who in the skies can be compared unto Jehovah?
Who among the sons 1 of the mighty 2 is like unto Jehovah,
[7]  A God very terrible in the council of the holy ones,
And to be feared above all them that are round about him?
[8]  O Jehovah God of hosts,
Who is a mighty one, like unto thee, O Jehovah? 3
And thy faithfulness is round about thee.
[9]  Thou rulest the pride of the sea:
When the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
[10]  Thou hast broken Rahab 4 in pieces, as one that is slain;
Thou hast scattered thine enemies with the arm of thy strength.
[11]  The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine:
The world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
[12]  The north and the south, thou hast created them:
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in thy name.
[13]  Thou hast a 5 mighty arm;
Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
[14]  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of thy throne:
Lovingkindness and truth go before thy face.
[15]  Blessed is the people that know the joyful 6 sound:
They walk, O Jehovah, in the light of thy countenance.
[16]  In thy name do they rejoice all the day;
And in thy righteousness are they exalted.
[17]  For thou art the glory of their strength;
And in thy favor our 7 horn shall be exalted.
[18]  For our shield belongeth unto Jehovah;
And 8 our king to the Holy One of Israel.
 
[19]  Then thou spakest in vision to thy saints, 9
And saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
[20]  I have found David my servant;
With my holy oil have I anointed him:
[21]  With whom my hand shall be established;
Mine arm also shall strengthen him.
[22]  The enemy shall not exact 10 from him,
Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
[23]  And I will beat down his adversaries before him,
And smite them that hate him.
[24]  But my faithfulness and my lovingkindness shall be with him;
And in my name shall his horn be exalted.
[25]  I will set his hand also on the sea,
And his right hand on the rivers.
[26]  He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.
[27]  I also will make him my first-born,
The highest of the kings of the earth.
[28]  My lovingkindness will I keep for him for evermore;
And my covenant shall stand 11 fast with him.
His seed also will I make to endure for ever,
And his throne as the days of heaven.
[29]  If his children forsake my law,
And walk not in mine ordinances;
[30]  If they break 12 my statutes,
And keep not my commandments;
[31]  Then will I visit their transgression with the rod,
And their iniquity with stripes.
[32]  But my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him,
Nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
[33]  My covenant will I not break, 13
Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
[34]  Once 14 have I sworn by my holiness:
I will not lie unto David:
[35]  His seed shall endure for ever,
And his throne as the sun before me.
[36]  It 15 shall be established for ever as the moon,
And 16 as the faithful witness in the sky.  [Selah
[37]  But thou hast cast off and rejected,
Thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.
[38]  Thou hast abhorred the covenant of thy servant:
Thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
[39]  Thou hast broken down all his hedges;
Thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin.
[40]  All that pass by the way rob him:
He is become a reproach to his neighbors.
[41]  Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries;
Thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
[42]  Yea, thou turnest back the edge of his sword,
And hast not made him to stand in the battle.
[43]  Thou hast made his brightness to cease,
And cast his throne down to the ground.
[44]  The days of his youth hast thou shortened:
Thou hast covered him with shame.  [Selah
[45]  How long, O Jehovah? wilt thou hide thyself for ever?
How long shall thy wrath burn like fire?
[46]  Oh remember how short my time is:
For what vanity hast thou created all the children of men!
[47]  What man is he that shall live and not see death,
That shall deliver his soul from the power 17 of Sheol?  [Selah
[48]  Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses,
Which thou swarest unto David in thy faithfulness?
[49]  Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants;
How I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty 18 peoples,
[50]  Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O Jehovah,
Wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
 
[51]  Blessed be Jehovah for evermore.
Amen, and Amen.
 
Note 1. Or, sons of God. [back]
Note 2. Or, gods. See Ps. 29. 1. [back]
Note 3. Heb. Jah. [back]
Note 4. Or, Egypt. [back]
Note 5. Heb. an arm with might. [back]
Note 6. Or, trumpet sound. [back]
Note 7. Another reading is, thou shalt exalt our horn. [back]
Note 8. Or, Even to the Holy One of Israel our King. [back]
Note 9. Or, as otherwise read, saint. [back]
Note 10. Or, do him violence. [back]
Note 11. Or, be faithful. [back]
Note 12. Heb. profane. [back]
Note 13. Heb. profane. [back]
Note 14. Or, One thing. [back]
Note 15. Or, As the moon which is established for ever. [back]
Note 16. Or, And the witness in the sky is faithful. [back]
Note 17. Heb. hand. [back]
Note 18. Or, many. [back]
 

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