Parallel
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1A maskil of Eitan the Ezrachi:
2I will sing about Adonai’s acts of grace forever,
with my mouth proclaim your faithfulness to all generations;
3because I said, “Grace is built to last forever;
in the heavens themselves you established your faithfulness.”
4You said, “I made a covenant with the one I chose,
I swore to my servant David,
5‘I will establish your dynasty forever,
build up your throne through all generations.’” (Selah)
6Let the heavens praise your wonders, Adonai,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the angels.
7For who in the skies can be compared with Adonai?
Which of these gods can rival Adonai,
8a God dreaded in the great assembly of the holy ones
and feared by all around him?
9Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot!
Who is as mighty as you, Yah?
Your faithfulness surrounds you.
10You control the raging of the sea;
when its waves rear up, you calm them.
11You crushed Rahav like a carcass;
with your strong arm you scattered your foes.
12The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
you founded the world and everything in it.
13You created north and south;
Tavor and Hermon take joy in your name.
14Your arm is mighty, your hand is strong,
your right hand is lifted high.
15Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
grace and truth attend you.
16How happy are the people who know the joyful shout!
They walk in the light of your presence, Adonai.
17They rejoice in your name all day
and are lifted up by your righteousness,
18for you yourself are the strength in which they glory.
Our power grows by pleasing you,
19for our shield comes from Adonai
our king is from the Holy One of Isra’el.
20There was a time when you spoke in a vision;
you declared to your loyal [prophets],
“I have given help to a warrior,
I have raised up someone chosen from the people.
21I have found David my servant
and anointed him with my holy oil.
22My hand will always be with him,
and my arm will give him strength.
23No enemy will outwit him,
no wicked man overcome him.
24I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
25My faithfulness and grace will be with him;
through my name his power will grow.
26I will put his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
27He will call to me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock of my salvation.’
28I will give him the position of firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
29I will keep my grace for him forever,
and in my covenant be faithful with him.
30I will establish his dynasty forever,
and his throne as long as the heavens last.
31“If his descendants abandon my Torah
and fail to live by my rulings,
32if they profane my regulations
and don’t obey my mitzvot,
33I will punish their disobedience with the rod
and their guilt with lashes.
34But I won’t withdraw my grace from him
or be false to my faithfulness.
35I will not profane my covenant
or change what my lips have spoken.
36I have sworn by my holiness once and for all;
I will not lie to David —
37his dynasty will last forever,
his throne like the sun before me.
38It will be established forever, like the moon,
which remains a faithful witness in the sky.” (Selah)
39But you spurned your anointed one,
rejected and vented your rage on him.
40You renounced the covenant with your servant
and defiled his crown in the dust.
41You broke through all his defenses
and left his strongholds in ruins.
42All who pass by plunder him;
he is an object of scorn to his neighbors.
43You raised up the right hand of his foes
and made all his enemies rejoice.
44You drive back his drawn sword
and fail to support him in battle.
45You brought an end to his splendor
and hurled his throne to the ground.
46You cut short the days of his youth
and covered him with shame. (Selah)
47How long, Adonai? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your fury burn like fire?
48Remember how little time I have!
Was it for no purpose that you created all humanity?
49Who can live and not see death?
Who can save himself from the power of the grave? (Selah)
50Where, Adonai, are the acts of grace you once did,
those which, in your faithfulness, you swore to David?
51Remember, Adonai, the taunts hurled at your servants,
which I carry in my heart [from] so many peoples!
52Your enemies, Adonai, have flung their taunts,
flung them in the footsteps of your anointed one.
53Blessed be Adonai forever.
Amen. Amen.