An instruction, by Ethan the Ezrahite. Of the kind acts of Jehovah, to the age I sing, To all generations I make known Thy faithfulness with my mouth,
For I said, `To the age is kindness built, The heavens! Thou dost establish Thy faithfulness in them.'
I have made a covenant for My chosen, I have sworn to David My servant:
`Even to the age do I establish thy seed, And have built to generation and generation thy throne. Selah.
and the heavens confess Thy wonders, O Jehovah, Thy faithfulness also [is] in an assembly of holy ones.
For who in the sky, Compareth himself to Jehovah? Is like to Jehovah among sons of the mighty?
God is very terrible, In the secret counsel of His holy ones, And fearful over all surrounding Him.
O Jehovah, God of Hosts, Who [is] like Thee -- a strong Jah? And Thy faithfulness [is] round about Thee.
Thou [art] ruler over the pride of the sea, In the lifting up of its billows Thou dost restrain them.
Thou hast bruised Rahab, as one wounded. With the arm of Thy strength Thou hast scattered Thine enemies.
Thine [are] the heavens -- the earth also [is] Thine, The habitable world and its fulness, Thou hast founded them.
North and south Thou hast appointed them, Tabor and Hermon in Thy name do sing.
Thou hast an arm with might, Strong is Thy hand -- high Thy right hand.
Righteousness and judgment [Are] the fixed place of Thy throne, Kindness and truth go before Thy face.
O the happiness of the people knowing the shout, O Jehovah, in the light of Thy face they walk habitually.
In Thy name they rejoice all the day, And in Thy righteousness they are exalted,
For the beauty of their strength [art] Thou, And in Thy good will is our horn exalted,
For of Jehovah [is] our shield, And of the Holy One of Israel our king.
Then Thou hast spoken in vision, To Thy saint, yea, Thou sayest, I have placed help upon a mighty one, Exalted a chosen one out of the people,
I have found David My servant, With My holy oil I have anointed him.
With whom My hand is established, My arm also doth strengthen him.
An enemy exacteth not upon him, And a son of perverseness afflicteth him not.
And I have beaten down before him his adversaries, And those hating him I plague,
And My faithfulness and kindness [are] with him, And in My name is his horn exalted.
And I have set on the sea his hand, And on the rivers his right hand.
He proclaimeth me: `Thou [art] my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.'
I also first-born do appoint him, Highest of the kings of the earth.
To the age I keep for him My kindness, And My covenant [is] stedfast with him.
And I have set his seed for ever, And his throne as the days of the heavens.
If his sons forsake My law, And in My judgments do not walk;
If My statutes they pollute, And My commands do not keep,
I have looked after with a rod their transgression, And with strokes their iniquity,
And My kindness I break not from him, Nor do I deal falsely in My faithfulness.
I profane not My covenant, And that which is going forth from My lips I change not.
Once I have sworn by My holiness, I lie not to David,
His seed is to the age, And his throne [is] as the sun before Me,
As the moon it is established -- to the age, And the witness in the sky is stedfast. Selah.
And Thou, Thou hast cast off, and dost reject, Thou hast shown Thyself wroth With Thine anointed,
Hast rejected the covenant of Thy servant, Thou hast polluted to the earth his crown,
Thou hast broken down all his hedges, Thou hast made his fenced places a ruin.
Spoiled him have all passing by the way, He hath been a reproach to his neighbours,
Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries, Thou hast caused all his enemies to rejoice.
Also -- Thou turnest back the sharpness of his sword, And hast not established him in battle,
Hast caused [him] to cease from his brightness, And his throne to the earth hast cast down.
Thou hast shortened the days of his youth, Hast covered him over [with] shame. Selah.
Till when, O Jehovah, art Thou hidden? For ever doth Thy fury burn as fire?
Remember, I pray Thee, what [is] life-time? Wherefore in vain hast Thou created All the sons of men?
Who [is] the man that liveth, and doth not see death? He delivereth his soul from the hand of Sheol. Selah.
Where [are] Thy former kindnesses, O Lord. Thou hast sworn to David in Thy faithfulness,
Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Thy servants, I have borne in my bosom all the strivings of the peoples,
Wherewith Thine enemies reproached, O Jehovah, Wherewith they have reproached The steps of Thine anointed.
Blessed [is] Jehovah to the age. Amen, and amen!
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Lord, a habitation Thou -- Thou hast been, To us -- in generation and generation,
Before mountains were brought forth, And Thou dost form the earth and the world, Even from age unto age Thou [art] God.
Thou turnest man unto a bruised thing, And sayest, Turn back, ye sons of men.
For a thousand years in Thine eyes [are] as yesterday, For it passeth on, yea, a watch by night.
Thou hast inundated them, they are asleep, In the morning as grass he changeth.
In the morning it flourisheth, and hath changed, At evening it is cut down, and hath withered.
For we were consumed in Thine anger, And in Thy fury we have been troubled.
Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, Our hidden things at the light of Thy face,
For all our days pined away in Thy wrath, We consumed our years as a meditation.
Days of our years, in them [are] seventy years, And if, by reason of might, eighty years, Yet [is] their enlargement labour and vanity, For it hath been cut off hastily, and we fly away.
Who knoweth the power of Thine anger? And according to Thy fear -- Thy wrath?
To number our days aright let [us] know, And we bring the heart to wisdom.
Turn back, O Jehovah, till when? And repent concerning Thy servants.
Satisfy us at morn [with] Thy kindness, And we sing and rejoice all our days.
Cause us to rejoice according to the days Wherein Thou hast afflicted us, The years we have seen evil.
Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, And Thine honour on their sons.
And let the pleasantness of Jehovah our God be upon us, And the work of our hands establish on us, Yea, the work of our hands establish it!
And him who is weak in the faith receive ye -- not to determinations of reasonings;
one doth believe that he may eat all things -- and he who is weak doth eat herbs;
let not him who is eating despise him who is not eating: and let not him who is not eating judge him who is eating, for God did receive him.
Thou -- who art thou that art judging another's domestic? to his own master he doth stand or fall; and he shall be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
One doth judge one day above another, and another doth judge every day [alike]; let each in his own mind be fully assured.
He who is regarding the day, to the Lord he doth regard [it], and he who is not regarding the day, to the Lord he doth not regard [it]. He who is eating, to the Lord he doth eat, for he doth give thanks to God; and he who is not eating, to the Lord he doth not eat, and doth give thanks to God.
For none of us to himself doth live, and none to himself doth die;
for both, if we may live, to the Lord we live; if also we may die, to the Lord we die; both then if we may live, also if we may die, we are the Lord's;
for because of this Christ both died and rose again, and lived again, that both of dead and of living he may be Lord.
And thou, why dost thou judge thy brother? or again, thou, why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand at the tribunal of the Christ;
for it hath been written, `I live! saith the Lord -- to Me bow shall every knee, and every tongue shall confess to God;'
so, then, each of us concerning himself shall give reckoning to God;
no longer, therefore, may we judge one another, but this judge ye rather, not to put a stumbling-stone before the brother, or an offence.
I have known, and am persuaded, in the Lord Jesus, that nothing [is] unclean of itself, except to him who is reckoning anything to be unclean -- to that one [it is] unclean;
and if through victuals thy brother is grieved, no more dost thou walk according to love; do not with thy victuals destroy that one for whom Christ died.
Let not, then, your good be evil spoken of,
for the reign of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit;
for he who in these things is serving the Christ, [is] acceptable to God and approved of men.
So, then, the things of peace may we pursue, and the things of building up one another;
for the sake of victuals cast not down the work of God; all things, indeed, [are] pure, but evil [is] to the man who is eating through stumbling.
Right [it is] not to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to [do anything] in which thy brother doth stumble, or is made to fall, or is weak.
Thou hast faith! to thyself have [it] before God; happy is he who is not judging himself in what he doth approve,
and he who is making a difference, if he may eat, hath been condemned, because [it is] not of faith; and all that [is] not of faith is sin.