But if his children ever abandon my Instruction, stop following my rules—
if they treat my statutes like dirt, stop keeping my commandments—
then I will punish their sin with a stick, and I will punish their wrongdoing with a severe beating.
But even then I won't withdraw my loyal love from him. I won't betray my faithfulness.
I won't break my covenant. I won't renege on what crossed my lips.
By my own holiness I've sworn one thing: I will not lie to David.
His dynasty will last forever. His throne will be like the sun, always before me.
It will be securely established forever; like the moon, a faithful witness in the sky. Selah