Covenant with David’s Seed
1A contemplative song of Ethan the Ezrahite.
2I will sing of the love of Adonai forever. To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.
3For I said, “Let your lovingkindness be built up forever! The heavens—let Your faithfulness be made firm there!”
4“I have made a covenant with My chosen one. I have sworn to David My servant:
5‘Forever I will establish your seed, and will build your throne from generation to generation.’” Selah
6The heavens praise Your wonders, Adonai —Your faithfulness, too— in the assembly of the kedoshim.
7For who in the skies can compare to Adonai? Who is like Adonai among the sons of gods?
8God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all around Him.
9Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, who is like You, mighty Adonai, with Your faithfulness all around You?
10You rule over the swelling of the sea. When its waves mount up, You still them.
11You crushed Rahab like a slain one. You scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.
12The heavens are Yours, also Yours the earth —the world and its fullness— You have founded them.
13You created the north and the south. Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at Your Name.
14Your arm is mighty, Your hand is strong, exalted is Your right hand.
15Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne. Lovingkindness and truth go before You.
16Blessed 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 by Your righteousness they are exalted.
18For You are the glory of their strength, and by Your favor our horn is exalted.
19For our shield belongs to Adonai, and our king to the Holy One of Israel.
20Then You spoke in vision to Your godly ones, and said: “I have bestowed help on a warrior. I have exalted one chosen from among the people.
21I have found David My servant. With My holy oil I have anointed him.
22With him My hand will be established. Surely My arm will strengthen him.
23No enemy will exact tribute from him, no son of wickedness will oppress him.
24I will crush his adversaries before him, and strike down those who hate him.
25My faithfulness and My lovingkindness will be with him, and by My Name his horn will be exalted.
26I will also set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers.
27He will call to Me: ‘You are my Father, my God and the rock of my salvation.’
28I also will set him as firstborn— the highest of the kings of earth.
29I will maintain My love for him forever, and My covenant with him will be firm.
30His seed I will establish forever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
31If his sons forsake My Torah, and do not walk in My judgments,
32if they violate My decrees, and do not keep My mitzvot,
33then I will punish their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with flogging.
34But I will not withdraw My lovingkindness from him, nor will I betray My faithfulness.
35I will not violate My covenant, nor alter what My lips have uttered.
36Once for all I have sworn by My holiness —surely I will not lie to David—
37his descendants will endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me,
38and as the moon, established forever, and a trustworthy witness in the sky.” Selah
39But You have cast off and spurned, You have become furious with Your anointed one.
40You have renounced the covenant of Your servant. You have defiled his crown even to the ground.
41You have broken down all his walls. You reduced his strongholds to ruin.
42All who pass by have plundered him. He has become a taunt to his neighbors.
43You exalted the right hand of his foes and made all his enemies rejoice.
44You turned back the edge of his sword and have not supported him in battle.
45You brought his splendor to an end, and cast his throne down to the ground.
46You cut short the days of his youth. You covered him with shame. Selah
47How long, Adonai, will You hide Yourself? Forever? Will Your fury keep burning like fire?
48Remember how short my life span is! For what futility have You created all the children of men?
49What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver himself from the clutches of Sheol? Selah
50Where is Your former lovingkindness, my Lord, which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?
51Remember, my Lord, the mockery against Your servants that I bear in my heart from so many peoples.
52How Your enemies have mocked, Adonai, how they have mocked the footsteps of Your Anointed One!
53Blessed be Adonai forever. Amen and Amen.