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