The LORD'S Covenant with David, and Israel's Afflictions.

A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

2 For I have said, "4Lovingkindness will be built up forever; In the heavens You will establish Your 5faithfulness."

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3 "I have made a covenant with 6My chosen; I have 7sworn to David My servant,

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4 I will establish your 8seed forever * And build up your 9throne to all generations." Selah.

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    • a 89:4 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
      5 The 10heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also 11in the assembly of the 12holy ones.

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      6 For 13who in the skies is comparable to the LORD? Who among the 14sons of the mighty is like the LORD,

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      7 A God 15greatly feared in the council of the 16holy ones, And 17awesome above all those who are around Him?

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      8 O LORD God of hosts, 18who is like You, O mighty LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.

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      9 You rule the swelling of the sea; When its waves rise, You 19still them.

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      10 You Yourself crushed 20Rahab like one who is slain; You 21scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

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        • d 89:10 - I.e. Egypt
        • e 89:10 - Lit "the arm of Your might"
          11 The 22heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The 23world and all it contains, You have founded them.

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          12 The 24north and the south, You have created them; 25Tabor and 26Hermon 27shout for joy at Your name.
          13 You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your 28right hand is exalted.

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            • g 89:13 - Lit "an arm with strength"
              14 29Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; 30Lovingkindness and truth go before You.

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                • h 89:14 - Or "faithfulness"
                  15 How blessed are the people who know the 31joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the 32light of Your countenance.

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                  16 In 33Your name they rejoice all the day, And by Your righteousness they are exalted.

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                  17 For You are the glory of 34their strength, And by Your favor our 35horn is exalted.

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                    • j 89:17 - Another reading is "You exalt our horn"
                      18 For our 36shield belongs to the LORD, And our king to the 37Holy One of Israel.

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                        • k 89:18 - Or "Even to the Holy One of Israel our King"
                          19 Once You spoke in vision to Your godly ones, And said, "I have given help to one who is 38mighty; I have exalted one 39chosen from the people.

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                            • l 89:19 - Or "At that time"
                            • m 89:19 - Some mss read "one"
                            • n 89:19 - Lit "placed help upon"
                              20 "I have 40found David My servant; With My holy 41oil I have anointed him,

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                              21 With whom 42My hand will be established; My arm also will 43strengthen him.

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                              22 "The enemy will not deceive him, Nor the 44son of wickedness afflict him.

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                                • o 89:22 - Or "exact usury from him"
                                • p 89:22 - Or "wicked man"
                                  23 "But I shall 45crush his adversaries before * him, And strike those who hate him.

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                                  24 "My 46faithfulness and My lovingkindness will be with him, And in My name his 47horn will be exalted.

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                                  25 "I shall also set his hand 48on the sea And his right hand on the rivers.

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                                  26 "He will cry to Me, 'You are 49my Father, My God, and the 50rock of my salvation.'
                                  27 "I also shall make him My 51firstborn, The 52highest of the kings of the earth.
                                  28 "My 53lovingkindness I will keep for him forever, And My 54covenant shall be confirmed to him.

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                                  29 "So I will establish his 55descendants forever And his 56throne 57as the days of heaven.
                                  30 "If his sons 58forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments,

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                                  31 If they violate My statutes And do not keep My commandments,

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                                    • r 89:31 - Lit "profane"
                                      32 Then I will punish their transgression with the 59rod And their iniquity with stripes.

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                                      33 "But I will not break off 60My lovingkindness from him, Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.

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                                      34 "My 61covenant I will not violate, Nor will I 62alter the utterance of My lips.

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                                        • s 89:34 - Lit "profane"
                                        • t 89:34 - Lit "that which goes forth"
                                          35 "Once I have 63sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David.

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                                          36 "His 64descendants shall endure forever And his 65throne 66as the sun before Me.

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                                          37 "It shall be established forever 67like the moon, And the 68witness in the sky is faithful." Selah.

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                                            • w 89:37 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
                                              38 But You have 69cast off and 70rejected, You have been full of wrath against Your 71anointed.

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                                              39 You have 72spurned the covenant of Your servant; You have 73profaned 74his crown in the dust.

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                                              40 You have 75broken down all his walls; You have 76brought his strongholds to ruin.

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                                              41 77All who pass along the way plunder him; He has become a 78reproach to his neighbors.

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                                              42 You have 79exalted the right hand of his adversaries; You have 80made all his enemies rejoice.

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                                              43 You also turn back the edge of his sword And have 81not made him stand in battle.

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                                              44 You have made his 82splendor to cease And cast his throne to the ground.

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                                                • z 89:44 - Lit "clearness, luster"
                                                  45 You have 83shortened the days of his youth; You have 84covered him with shame. Selah.

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                                                  46 85How long, O LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your 86wrath burn like fire?

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                                                  47 87Remember what my span of life is; For what 88vanity You have created all the sons of men!

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                                                    • { 89:47 - Lit "of what duration I am"
                                                    • | 89:47 - Or "have You...men?"
                                                      48 What man can live and not 89see death? Can he 90deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.

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                                                        • } 89:48 - Lit "hand"
                                                        • ~ 89:48 - I.e. the nether world
                                                          49 Where are Your former lovingkindnesses, O Lord, Which You 91swore to David in Your faithfulness?

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                                                          50 Remember, O Lord, the 92reproach of Your servants; How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,

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                                                            •  89:50 - Lit "My bearing in my bosom"
                                                              51 With which 93Your enemies have reproached, O LORD, With which they have reproached the footsteps of 94Your anointed.

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                                                              52 95Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.

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