|[A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.]||Hymn in Time of National Trouble. Psalm 89(v88)|
|I will sing of thy steadfast love, O LORD, for ever; |
with my mouth I will proclaim thy faithfulness to all generations.
|For thy steadfast love was established for ever, |
thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
|Thou hast said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, |
I have sworn to David my servant:
|'I will establish your descendants for ever, |
and build your throne for all generations.'" [Selah]
|Let the heavens praise thy wonders, O LORD, |
thy faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
|For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? |
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
|a God feared in the council of the holy ones, |
great and terrible above all that are round about him?
|O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as thou art, O LORD, |
with thy faithfulness round about thee?
|Thou dost rule the raging of the sea; |
when its waves rise, thou stillest them.
|Thou didst crush Rahab like a carcass, |
thou didst scatter thy enemies with thy mighty arm.
|The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; |
the world and all that is in it, thou hast founded them.
|The north and the south, thou hast created them; |
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise thy name.
|Thou hast a mighty arm; |
strong is thy hand, high thy right hand.
|Righteousness and justice are the foundation of thy throne; |
steadfast love and faithfulness go before thee.
|Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, |
in the light of thy countenance,
|who exult in thy name all the day, |
and extol thy righteousness.
|For thou art the glory of their strength; |
by thy favor our horn is exalted.
|For our shield belongs to the LORD, |
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
|Of old thou didst speak in a vision to thy faithful one, |
and say: "I have set the crown upon one who is mighty,
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
|I have found David, my servant; |
with my holy oil I have anointed him;
|so that my hand shall ever abide with him, |
my arm also shall strengthen him.
|The enemy shall not outwit him, |
the wicked shall not humble him.
|I will crush his foes before him |
and strike down those who hate him.
|My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, |
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
|I will set his hand on the sea |
and his right hand on the rivers.
|He shall cry to me, 'Thou art my Father, my God, |
and the Rock of my salvation.'
|And I will make him the first-born, |
the highest of the kings of the earth.
|My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever, |
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
|I will establish his line for ever |
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
|If his children forsake my law |
and do not walk according to my ordinances,
|if they violate my statutes |
and do not keep my commandments,
|then I will punish their transgression with the rod |
and their iniquity with scourges;
|but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, |
or be false to my faithfulness.
|I will not violate my covenant, |
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
|Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; |
I will not lie to David.
|His line shall endure for ever, |
his throne as long as the sun before me.
|Like the moon it shall be established for ever; |
it shall stand firm while the skies endure." [Selah]
|But now thou hast cast off and rejected, |
thou art full of wrath against thy anointed.
|Thou hast renounced the covenant with thy servant; |
thou hast defiled his crown in the dust.
|Thou hast breached all his walls; |
thou hast laid his strongholds in ruins.
|All that pass by despoil him; |
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
|Thou hast exalted the right hand of his foes; |
thou hast made all his enemies rejoice.
|Yea, thou hast turned back the edge of his sword, |
and thou hast not made him stand in battle.
|Thou hast removed the scepter from his hand, |
and cast his throne to the ground.
|Thou hast cut short the days of his youth; |
thou hast covered him with shame. [Selah]
|How long, O LORD? Wilt thou hide thyself for ever? |
How long will thy wrath burn like fire?
|Remember, O Lord, what the measure of life is, |
for what vanity thou hast created all the sons of men!
|What man can live and never see death? |
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? [Selah]
|Lord, where is thy steadfast love of old, |
which by thy faithfulness thou didst swear to David?
|Remember, O Lord, how thy servant is scorned; |
how I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,
|with which thy enemies taunt, O LORD, |
with which they mock the footsteps of thy anointed.
|Blessed be the Lord for ever!|
Amen & Amen.
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