Psalms 89

Remembering the Covenant with David, and Sorrow for Lost Blessings


A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.

1 I will sing forever of Yahweh's acts of loyal love. {From generation to generation} I will make known your faithfulness with my mouth.
2 For I say, "Forever [your] loyal love is built up. [The] heavens you have established [with] your faithfulness in them."
3 "I made a covenant with my chosen one; I swore [an oath] to David my servant:
4 'I will establish your descendants forever, and I will build up your throne {from generation to generation}.'" Selah
5 And [so the] heavens will praise your wonderful deed, O Yahweh, even your faithfulness, in [the] assembly of [the] holy ones.
6 For who in the sky is equal to Yahweh? [Who is] like Yahweh among the sons of God,
7 a God feared greatly in the council of [the] holy ones, and awesome above all surrounding him?
8 O Yahweh God [of] hosts, who [is] mighty like you, O Yah, with your faithfulness surrounding you?
9 You are ruling the surging of the sea. When its waves rise, {you yourself still} them.
10 {You yourself crushed} Rahab like one [who is] slain; you scattered your enemies with your strong arm.
11 [The] heavens are yours, [the] earth yours as well, [the] world with its fullness, [because] you founded them.
12 North and south, you created them; Tabor and Hermon shout joyfully over your name.
13 You have a mighty arm; Your hand is strong; your right hand reaches high.
14 Righteousness and justice [are] the foundation of your throne. Loyal love and faithfulness come before your face.
15 Blessed [are] the people who know [the] joyful shout; O Yahweh, they walk about in the light of your countenance.
16 In your name they rejoice all the day, and in your righteousness they rise up.
17 For you [are] the glory of their strength, and by your favor our horn rises up,
18 because our shield belongs to Yahweh, and our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19 Formerly you spoke in a vision to your faithful ones, and said, "I have bestowed help on a mighty man; I have exalted one chosen from [the] people.
20 I have found David, my servant. With my holy oil I have anointed him,
21 with whom my hand will be steadfast. Surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 [The] enemy will not deceive him, and no {evil man} will afflict him.
23 But I will crush his adversaries before him, and I will strike those who hate him.
24 And [so] my faithfulness and my loyal love [will be] with him, and in my name his horn will rise up.
25 And I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
26 He will call out [to] me, 'You [are] my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
27 I will also make him [the] firstborn, [the] highest of [the] kings of [the] earth.
28 Forever I will keep my loyal love for him, and my covenant [will be] reliable for him.
29 I will also establish his offspring forever, and his throne as [the] days of [the] heavens.
30 If his sons forsake my law and do not walk in my judgments,
31 if they defile my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with [a] rod, and their guilt with wounds.
33 But I will not break off my loyal love from him, and I will not be false against my faithfulness.
34 I will not defile my covenant, or alter what proceeded from my lips.
35 Once I have sworn by my holiness, 'I will surely not lie to David,
36 His offspring will endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me.
37 Like [the] moon it will be steadfast forever, and [like] an enduring witness in the sky.'" Selah
38 But you have spurned and rejected; you are very angry with your anointed one.
39 You have repudiated the covenant with your servant; you have defiled his crown in the dirt.
40 You have broken down all his walls; you have made his fortifications a ruin.
41 All passing along [the] road plunder him; he has become a taunt to his neighbors.
42 You have raised the right hand of his adversaries. You have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword and have not helped him stand [his ground] in the battle.
44 You have made his splendor to cease, and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with shame. Selah
46 How long, O Yahweh? Will you hide yourself forever? Will your wrath burn like fire [forever]?
47 Remember what my lifespan [is]. [Remember] for what vanity you have created all [the] children of humankind.
48 What man can live [on] and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the {power} of Sheol? Selah
49 Where [are] your former acts of loyal love, O Lord, [that] you swore to David by your faithfulness?
50 Remember, O Lord the taunting of your servants, [how] I bear in my bosom [the taunts of] all [the] many peoples,
51 [by] which your enemies taunt, O Yahweh, [by] which they taunt the steps of your anointed one.
52 Blessed be Yahweh forever. Amen and Amen.

Footnotes 21

  • [a]. The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
  • [b]. Literally "To a generation and a generation"
  • [c]. Literally "To a generation and a generation"
  • [d]. Hebrew singular collective "clouds"
  • [e]. Hebrew "and"
  • [f]. Literally "you, you calm"
  • [g]. Literally "You, you crushed"
  • [h]. Or "truth"
  • [i]. That is, enjoy continual access
  • [j]. According to the reading tradition (Qere). The Kethib reads "you exalt our horn"
  • [k]. Or "Yahweh [is] our shield."
  • [l]. Or "The Holy One of Israel [is] our king."
  • [m]. Literally "a son of wickedness"
  • [n]. Hebrew "profane; treat as common"
  • [o]. Hebrew "profane; treat as common"
  • [p]. Hebrew "One"
  • [q]. Hebrew "be"
  • [r]. Hebrew "profane; treat as common"
  • [s]. Hebrew "to"
  • [t]. That is, given them victory
  • [u]. Literally "hand""

Psalms 89 Commentaries

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