Psalms 89:19-37

19 In a vision long ago you said to your faithful servants, "I have given help to a famous soldier; I have given the throne to one I chose from the people.
20 I have made my servant David king 1 by anointing him with holy oil.
21 My strength will always be with him, my power will make him strong.
22 His enemies will never succeed against him; the wicked will not defeat him.
23 I will crush his foes and kill everyone who hates him.
24 I will love him and be loyal to him; I will make him always victorious.
25 I will extend his kingdom from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates River.
26 He will say to me, "You are my father and my God; you are my protector and savior.'
27 I will make him my first-born son, 2 the greatest of all kings.
28 I will always keep my promise to him, and my covenant with him will last forever.
29 His dynasty will be as permanent as the sky; a descendant of his will always be king.
30 "But if his descendants disobey my law and do not live according to my commands,
31 if they disregard my instructions and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish them for their sins; I will make them suffer for their wrongs.
33 But I will not stop loving David or fail to keep my promise to him.
34 I will not break my covenant with him or take back even one promise I made him.
35 "Once and for all I have promised by my holy name: I will never lie to David.
36 He will always have descendants, and I will watch over his kingdom as long as the sun shines.
37 It will be as permanent as the moon, that faithful witness in the sky."

Psalms 89:19-37 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 89:19-37 In-Context

17 You give us great victories; in your love you make us triumphant.
18 You, O Lord, chose our protector; you, the Holy God of Israel, gave us our king.
19 In a vision long ago you said to your faithful servants, "I have given help to a famous soldier; I have given the throne to one I chose from the people.
20 I have made my servant David king by anointing him with holy oil.
21 My strength will always be with him, my power will make him strong.
22 His enemies will never succeed against him; the wicked will not defeat him.
23 I will crush his foes and kill everyone who hates him.
24 I will love him and be loyal to him; I will make him always victorious.
25 I will extend his kingdom from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates River.
26 He will say to me, "You are my father and my God; you are my protector and savior.'
27 I will make him my first-born son, the greatest of all kings.
28 I will always keep my promise to him, and my covenant with him will last forever.
29 His dynasty will be as permanent as the sky; a descendant of his will always be king.
30 "But if his descendants disobey my law and do not live according to my commands,
31 if they disregard my instructions and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish them for their sins; I will make them suffer for their wrongs.
33 But I will not stop loving David or fail to keep my promise to him.
34 I will not break my covenant with him or take back even one promise I made him.
35 "Once and for all I have promised by my holy name: I will never lie to David.
36 He will always have descendants, and I will watch over his kingdom as long as the sun shines.
37 It will be as permanent as the moon, that faithful witness in the sky."
38 But you are angry with your chosen king; you have deserted and rejected him.
39 You have broken your covenant with your servant and thrown his crown in the dirt.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 89.20 a 1 S 13.14;Acts 13.22; b 1 S 16.12.
  • 2. 89.27Revelation 1.5.