1 Maschil. Of Ethan the Ezrahite.
2 \89:1\My song will be of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make his faith clear to all generations.
3 \89:2\For you have said, Mercy will be made strong for ever; my faith will be unchanging in the heavens.
4 \89:3\I have made an agreement with the man of my selection, I have made an oath to David my servant;
5 \89:4\I will make your seed go on for ever, your kingdom will be strong through all generations. (Selah.)
6 \89:5\In heaven let them give praise for your wonders, O Lord; and your unchanging faith among the saints.
7 \89:6\For who is there in the heavens in comparison with the Lord? who is like the Lord among the sons of the gods?
8 \89:7\God is greatly to be feared among the saints, and to be honoured over all those who are about him.
9 \89:8\O Lord God of armies, who is strong like you, O Jah? and your unchanging faith is round about you.
10 \89:9\You have rule over the sea in storm; when its waves are troubled, you make them calm.
11 \89:10\Rahab was crushed by you like one wounded to death; with your strong arm you put to flight all your haters.
12 \89:11\Yours are the heavens, and the earth is yours; you have made the world, and everything which is in it.
13 \89:12\You have made the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon are sounding with joy at your name.
14 \89:13\Yours is an arm of power; strong is your hand and high your right hand.
15 \89:14\The seat of your kingdom is resting on righteousness and right judging: mercy and good faith come before your face.
16 \89:15\Happy are the people who have knowledge of the holy cry: the light of your face, O Lord, will be shining on their way.
17 \89:16\In your name will they have joy all the day: in your righteousness will they be lifted up.
18 \89:17\For you are the glory of their strength; in your pleasure will our horn be lifted up.
19 \89:18\For our breastplate is the Lord; and our king is the Holy One of Israel's.
20 \89:19\Then your voice came to your holy one in a vision, saying, I have put the crown on a strong one, lifting up one taken from among the people.
21 \89:20\I have made discovery of David my servant; I have put my holy oil on his head.
22 \89:21\My hand will be his support; my arm will give him strength.
23 \89:22\The deceit of those who are against him will not overcome him; he will not be troubled by the sons of evil.
24 \89:23\I will have those who are against him broken before his face, and his haters will be crushed under my blows.
25 \89:24\But my faith and my mercy will be with him; and in my name will his horn be lifted up.
26 \89:25\I will put his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
27 \89:26\He will say to me, You are my father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.
28 \89:27\And I will make him the first of my sons, most high over the kings of the earth.
29 \89:28\I will keep my mercy for him for ever; my agreement with him will not be changed.
30 \89:29\His seed will keep their place for ever; his kingdom will be eternal, like the heavens.
31 \89:30\If his children give up my law, and are not ruled by my decisions;
32 \89:31\If my rules are broken, and my orders are not kept;
33 \89:32\Then I will send punishment on them for their sin; my rod will be the reward of their evil-doing.
34 \89:33\But I will not take away my mercy from him, and will not be false to my faith.
35 \89:34\I will be true to my agreement; the things which have gone out of my lips will not be changed.
36 \89:35\I have made an oath once by my holy name, that I will not be false to David.
37 \89:36\His seed will not come to an end for ever; the seat of his kingdom will be like the sun before me.
38 \89:37\It will be fixed for ever like the moon; and the witness in heaven is true. (Selah.)
39 \89:38\But you have put him away in disgust; you have been angry with the king of your selection.
40 \89:39\You have made your agreement with your servant of no effect: you have had no respect for his crown, it has come down even to the earth.
41 \89:40\All his walls are broken down; you have given his strong towers to destruction.
42 \89:41\All those who come by take away his goods; he is laughed at by his neighbours.
43 \89:42\You have given power to the right hand of his haters; you have made glad all those who are against him.
44 \89:43\His sword is turned back; you have not been his support in the fight.
45 \89:44\You have put an end to his glory: the seat of his kingdom has been levelled to the earth.
46 \89:45\You have made him old before his time; he is covered with shame. (Selah.)
47 \89:46\How long, O Lord, will you Keep yourself for ever from our eyes? how long will your wrath be burning like fire?
48 \89:47\See how short my time is; why have you made all men for no purpose?
49 \89:48\What man now living will not see death? will he be able to keep back his soul from the underworld? (Selah.)
50 \89:49\Lord, where are your earlier mercies? where is the oath which you made to David in unchanging faith?
51 \89:50\Keep in mind, O Lord, the shame of your servants, and how the bitter words of all the people have come into my heart;
52 \89:51\The bitter words of your haters, O Lord, shaming the footsteps of your king.
53 \89:52\Let the Lord be praised for ever. So be it, So be it.