1 The learning of Ethan the Ezrahite. I shall sing without end; the mercies of the Lord. In generation and into generation; I shall tell thy truth with my mouth.
2For thou saidest, Without end mercy shall be builded in heavens; thy truth shall be made ready in those [or them].
3 Thou saidest, I disposed a testa-ment to my chosen men; I swore to David, my servant,
4till into without end I shall make ready thy seed. And I shall build thy seat; in generation, and into generation.
5Lord, heavens shall acknowledge thy marvels; and thy truth in the church of saints.
6For who in the clouds shall be made even to the Lord; shall be like God among the sons of God?
7God, that is glorified in the council of saints; is great, and dreadful over all that be in his compass.
8Lord God of virtues, who is like thee? Lord, thou art mighty, and thy truth is in thy compass.
9Thou art Lord of the power of the sea; forsooth thou assuagest the stirring of the waves thereof.
10Thou madest low the proud, as wounded; in the arm of thy strength thou hast scattered thine enemies.
11Heavens be thine, and the earth is thine; thou hast founded the world, and the fullness thereof;
12thou madest of nought the north and the sea. Tabor and Hermon shall make full out joy in thy name;
13thine arm with power. Thine hand be made steadfast, and thy right hand be enhanced;
14rightfulness [or rightwiseness] and doom is the making ready of thy seat. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face;
15blessed is the people that know a hearty song. Lord, they shall go in the light of thy cheer;
16and in thy name they shall make full out joy all day; and they shall be enhanced in thy rightfulness [or right-wiseness].
17For thou art the glory of the virtue of them; and in thy good pleasance our horn shall be enhanced.
18For our taking up is of the Lord; and of the Holy of Israel our king.
19Then thou spakest in revelation to thy saints, and saidest, I have set [or put] help in the mighty; and I have enhanced the chosen man of my people.
20I found David, my servant; I anointed him with mine holy oil.
21For mine hand shall help him; and mine arm shall confirm him.
22The enemy shall nothing profit in him; and the son of wickedness shall not lay to or put to, for to annoy him.
23And I shall slay his enemies from his face; and I shall turn into flight them that hate him.
24And my truth and mercy shall be with him; and his horn shall be enhanced in my name.
25And I shall set [or put] his hand in the sea; and his right hand in floods.
26He shall inwardly call me, Thou art my father; my God, and the up-taker of mine health.
27And I shall set him the first be-gotten son; higher than the kings of earth.
28Without end I shall keep my mercy to him; and my testament faithful to him.
29And I shall set his seed into the world of world; and his throne as the days of heaven.
30Forsooth if his sons forsake my law; and go not in my dooms.
31If they make unholy my rightful-nesses; and keep not my command-ments.
32I shall visit in a rod the wicked-nesses of them; and in beatings the sins of them.
33But I shall not scatter my mercy from him; and in my truth I shall not annoy him.
34Neither I shall make unholy my testament; and I shall not make void those things that come forth of my lips.
35Once I swore in mine holiness, I shall not lie to David;
36his seed shall dwell without end. And his throne as [the] sun in my sight,
37and as a perfect moon without end; and a faithful witness in heaven.
38But thou hast put away, and despised; and hast delayed thy christ.
39Thou hast turned away the testa-ment of thy servant; thou madest unholy his saintuary in earth.
40Thou destroyedest all the hedges thereof; thou hast set the steadfastness thereof into dread.
41All men passing by the way ravished him; he is made a shame to his neighbours.
42Thou hast enhanced the right hand of men oppressing him; thou hast gladdened all his enemies.
43Thou hast turned away the help of his sword; and thou helpedest not him in battle.
44Thou destroyedest him from cleansing; and thou hast hurled down his seat in [the] earth.
45Thou hast made less the days of his time; thou hast beshed him with shame.
46Lord, how long turnest thou away, into the end; shall thine ire burn out as fire?
47Bethink thou what is my substance; for whether thou hast ordained vainly all the sons of men?
48Who is a man, that shall live, and shall not see death; shall he deliver his soul from the hand of hell?
49Lord, where be thine eld [or old] mercies; as thou hast sworn to David in thy truth?
50Lord, be thou mindful of the shame of thy servants; of the insults of many heathen men, which I held together in my bosom.
51Which thine enemies, Lord, did shamefully; for they despised the changing of thy christ.
52Blessed be the Lord without end; be it done, be it done.