1 Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the loving-kindness of Yahweh forever: With my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, Mercy will be built up forever; Your faithfulness you will establish in the very heavens.
3 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn to David my slave:
4 Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations. Selah.
5 And the heavens will praise your wonders, O Yahweh; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies can be compared to Yahweh? Who among the sons of the mighty is like Yahweh,
7 A God very terrible in the council of the holy ones, And to be awed above all those who are round about him?
8 O Yahweh God of hosts, Who is a mighty one, like you, O Yah? And your faithfulness is round about you.
9 You rule the pride of the sea: When its waves arise, you still them.
10 You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered your enemies with the arm of your strength.
11 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours: The world and the fullness of it, you have founded them.
12 The north and the south, you have created them: Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.
13 You have a mighty arm; Strong is your hand, and high is your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne: Loving-kindness and truth go before your face.
15 Blessed is the people who know the joyful sound: They walk, O Yahweh, in the light of your countenance.
16 In your name they rejoice all the day; And in your righteousness they stand.
17 For you are the glory of their strength; And in your favor our horn will be exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to Yahweh; And our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19 Then you spoke in vision to your saints, And said, I have laid help on one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 I have found David my slave; With my holy oil I have anointed him:
21 With whom my hand will be established; My arm also will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not exact from him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 And I will beat down his adversaries before him, And strike those who hate him.
24 But my faithfulness and my loving-kindness will be with him; And in my name will his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand also on the sea, And his right hand on the rivers.
26 He will cry to me, You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.
27 I also will make him [my] firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My loving-kindness I will keep for him forevermore; And my covenant will stand fast with him.
29 His seed also I will make to endure forever, And his throne as the days of heaven.
30 If his sons forsake my law, And don't walk in my ordinances;
31 If they break my statutes, And don't keep my commandments;
32 Then I will visit their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes.
33 But my loving-kindness I will not completely take from him, Nor allow my faithfulness to fail.
34 My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips.
35 Once I have sworn by my holiness: I will not lie to David:
36 His seed will endure forever, And his throne as the sun before me.
37 It will be established forever as the moon, And [as] the faithful witness in the sky. Selah.
38 But you have cast off and rejected, You have been angry with your anointed.
39 You have abhorred the covenant of your slave: You have profaned his crown [by casting it] to the ground.
40 You have broken down all his hedges; You have brought his strongholds to ruin.
41 All who pass by the way rob him: He has become a reproach to his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries; You have made all his enemies to rejoice.
43 Yes, you turn back the edge of his sword, And have not made him to stand in the battle.
44 You have made his brightness to cease, And cast his throne down to the ground.
45 The days of his youth you have shortened: You have covered him with shame. Selah.
46 How long, O Yahweh? Will you hide yourself forever? [How long] will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember me: How short is my lifetime? For what vanity have you created all the sons of man?
48 What [prominent] man is he who will live and not see death, That will deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.
49 Lord, where are your former loving-kindnesses, Which you swore to David in your faithfulness?
50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of your slaves, That I bear in my bosom from all the numerous peoples,
51 With which your enemies have reproached, O Yahweh, With which they have reproached the footsteps of your anointed.
52 Blessed be Yahweh forevermore. Amen, and Amen.