|A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.||Hymn in Time of National Trouble.|
|1||I will sing of your steadfast love, O Yahweh, for ever; |
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
|2||For your steadfast love was established for ever, |
your faithfulness is firm as the heavens.
|3||You have said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one, |
I have sworn to David my servant:
|4||'I will establish your descendants for ever, |
and build your throne for all generations.' " Selah
|5||Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Yahweh, |
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
|6||For who in the skies can be compared to Yahweh? |
Who among the heavenly beings is like Yahweh,
|7||a God feared in the council of the holy ones, |
great and terrible above all that are round about him?
|8|| O Yahweh God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Yahweh, |
with your faithfulness round about you?
|9||You rule the raging of the sea; |
when its waves rise, you calm them.
|10||You crushed Rahab like a carcass, |
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
|11||The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; |
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
|12||The north and the south, you have created them; |
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
|13||You have a mighty arm; |
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
|14||Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; |
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
|15||Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Yahweh, |
in the light of your countenance,
|16||who exult in your name all the day, |
and extol your righteousness.
|17||For you are the glory of their strength; |
by your favour our horn is exalted.
|18||For our shield belongs to Yahweh, |
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
|19||Of old you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, |
and say: "I have set the crown upon one who is mighty,
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
|20||I have found David, my servant; |
with my holy oil I have anointed him;
|21||so that my hand shall ever abide with him, |
my arm also shall strengthen him.
|22||The enemy shall not outwit him, |
the wicked shall not humble him.
|23||I will crush his foes before him |
and strike down those who hate him.
|24||My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, |
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
|25||I will set his hand on the sea |
and his right hand on the rivers.
|26||He shall cry to me, 'You are my Father, my God, |
and the Rock of my salvation.'
|27||And I will make him the first-born, |
the highest of the kings of the earth.
|28||My steadfast love I will keep for him for ever, |
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
|29||I will establish his line for ever |
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
|30||If his children forsake my law |
and do not walk according to my ordinances,
|31||if they violate my statutes |
and do not keep my commandments,
|32||then I will punish their transgression with the rod |
and their iniquity with scourges;
|33||but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, |
or be false to my faithfulness.
|34||I will not violate my covenant, |
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
|35||Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; |
I will not lie to David.
|36||His line shall endure for ever, |
his throne as long as the sun before me.
|37||Like the moon it shall be established for ever; |
it shall stand firm while the skies endure." Selah
|38||But now you have cast off and rejected, |
you are full of wrath against your anointed.
|39||You have renounced the covenant with your servant; |
you have defiled his crown in the dust.
|40||You have breached all his walls; |
you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
|41||All that pass by despoil him; |
he has become the scorn of his neighbours.
|42||You have exalted the right hand of his foes; |
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
|43||Yea, you have turned back the edge of his sword, |
and you have not made him stand in battle.
|44||You have removed the scepter from his hand, |
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 for ever? |
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
|47||Remember, O Yahweh, what the measure of life is, |
for what vanity you have created all the sons of men!
|48||What man can live and never see death? |
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
|49||Yahweh, where is your steadfast love of old, |
which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
|50||Remember, O Yahweh, how your servant is scorned; |
how I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,
|51||with which your enemies taunt, O Yahweh, |
with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
|52||Blessed be Yahweh for ever!|
Amen & Amen.
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