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Psalm 89

I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord

A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

1 1I will sing of 2the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your 3faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I said, 4"Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens 5you will establish your 6faithfulness."
3 You have said, "I have made 7a covenant with my 8chosen one; I have 9sworn to David my servant:
4 'I will establish your 10offspring forever, and build your 11throne for all generations.'" Selah
5 Let 12the heavens praise your 13wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of 14the holy ones!
6 For 15who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? 16Who among the heavenly beingsa is like the LORD,
7 a God greatly 17to be feared in the council of 18the holy ones, and awesome above all 19who are around him?
8 O LORD God of hosts, 20who is mighty as you are, O 21LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?
9 You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you 22still them.
10 You 23crushed 24Rahab like a carcass; you 25scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 26The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; 27the world and all that is in it, you have 28founded them.
12 29The north and the south, you have created them; 30Tabor and 31Hermon 32joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 33Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; 34steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are the people who know 35the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in 36the light of your face,
16 who exult in your 37name all the day and in your righteousness are 38exalted.
17 For you are 39the glory of their strength; by your favor our 40horn is exalted.
18 For our 41shield belongs to the LORD, our king to 42the Holy One of Israel.
19 43Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one,b and said: "I have 44granted help to one who is 45mighty; I have exalted one 46chosen from the people.
20 47I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have 48anointed him,
21 so that my 49hand shall be established with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him; 50the wicked shall not humble him.
23 I will 51crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
24 My 52faithfulness and my 53steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his 54horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand on 55the sea and his right hand on 56the rivers.
26 He shall cry to me, 'You are my 57Father, my God, and 58the Rock of my salvation.'
27 And I will make him the 59firstborn, 60the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever, and my 61covenant will stand firmc for him.
29 I will establish his 62offspring forever and his 63throne as 64the days of the heavens.
30 65If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules,d
31 if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with 66the rod and their iniquity with stripes,
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my 67covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35 Once for all I have sworn 68by my holiness; I will not 69lie to David.
36 His 70offspring shall endure forever, 71his 72throne as long as 73the sun before me.
37 Like 74the moon it shall be established forever, 75a faithful witness in the skies." Selah
38 But now you have 76cast off and rejected; you are full of wrath against your 77anointed.
39 You have 78renounced 79the covenant with your servant; you have 80defiled his 81crown in the dust.
40 You have 82breached all his walls; you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41 83All who pass by plunder him; he has become 84the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes; you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword, and you have not made him stand in battle.
44 You have made his splendor to cease and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short 85the days of his youth; you have 86covered him with shame. Selah
46 87How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath 88burn like fire?
47 89Remember 90how short my 91time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48 92What man can live and never 93see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of 94Sheol? Selah
49 Lord, where is your 95steadfast love of old, which by your 96faithfulness you swore to David?
50 97Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked, and how I bear in my 98heart the insultse of all the many nations,
51 with which your enemies mock, O LORD, with which they mock 99the footsteps of your 100anointed.
52 101Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.
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