But if his sons forsake my law and fail to walk in my ways,
if they do not obey my decrees and fail to keep my commands,
then I will punish their sin with the rod, and their disobedience with beating.
But I will never stop loving him, nor let my promise to him fail.
No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.
I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie:
His dynasty will go on forever; his throne is as secure as the sun,
as eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky!" Interlude
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)