A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
1I will sing of the Lord’s loyal love forever.
I will proclaim your faithfulness
with my own mouth
from one generation to the next.
2That’s why I say,
"Your#Heb lacks Your. loyal love is rightly built—forever!
You establish your faithfulness in heaven."
3You said,#Heb lacks You said. "I made a covenant with my chosen one;
I promised my servant David:
4‘I will establish your offspring forever;
I will build up your throne from one generation to the next.’" Selah
5Heaven thanks you for your wondrous acts, Lord—
for your faithfulness too—
in the assembly of the holy ones.
6Is there any in the sky who could compare to the Lord?
Who among the gods is equal to the Lord?
7God is respected in the council of the holy ones;
God is awesome and revered more than all those around him.
8Who is like you, Lord God of heavenly forces?
Mighty Lord, your faithfulness surrounds you!
9You rule over the surging sea:
When its waves rise up,
it’s you who makes them still.
10It’s you who crushed Rahab like a dead body;
you scattered your enemies with your strong arm.
11Heaven is yours! The earth too!
The world and all that fills it—
you made all of it! North and south—you created them!
12The mountains Tabor and Hermon
shout praises to your name.
13You have a powerful arm;
your hand is strong;
your strong hand is raised high!
14Your throne is built on righteousness and justice;
loyal love and faithfulness stand in front of you.
15The people who know the celebratory shout are truly happy!
They walk in the light of your presence, Lord!
16They rejoice in your name all day long
and are uplifted by your righteousness
17because you are the splendor of their strength.
By your favor you make us strong
18because our shield is the Lord’s own;
our king belongs to the holy one of Israel!
19Once you spoke in a vision
to your faithful servants:
I placed a crown on a strong man.
I raised up someone specially chosen from the people.
20I discovered my servant David.
I anointed him with my holy oil.
21My hand will sustain him—
yes, my arm will strengthen him!
22No enemy will oppress him;
no wicked person will make him suffer.
23I will crush all his foes in front of him.
I will strike down all those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and my loyal love will be with him.
He will be strengthened by my name.
25I will set his hand on the sea.
I will set his strong hand on the rivers.
26He will cry out to me:
"You are my father,
my God, the rock of my salvation."
27Yes, I’ll make him the one born first—
I’ll make him the high king of all earth’s kings.
28I will always guard my loyal love toward him.
My covenant with him will last forever.
29I will establish his dynasty for all time.
His throne will last as long as heaven does.
30But if his children ever abandon my Instruction,
stop following my rules—
31if they treat my statutes like dirt,
stop keeping my commandments—
32then I will punish their sin with a stick,
and I will punish their wrongdoing with a severe beating.
33But even then I won’t withdraw my loyal love from him.
I won’t betray my faithfulness.
34I won’t break my covenant.
I won’t renege on what crossed my lips.
35By my own holiness I’ve sworn one thing:
I will not lie to David.
36His dynasty will last forever.
His throne will be like the sun, always before me.
37It will be securely established forever;
like the moon, a faithful witness in the sky. Selah
38But you, God, have rejected and despised him.
You’ve become infuriated with your anointed one.
39You’ve canceled the covenant with your servant.
You’ve thrown his crown in the dirt.
40You’ve broken through all his walls.
You’ve made his strongholds a pile of ruins.
41All those who pass by plunder him.
He’s nothing but a joke to his neighbors.
42You lifted high his foes’ strong hand.
You gave all his enemies reason to celebrate.
43Yes, you dulled the edge of his sword
and didn’t support him in battle.
44You’ve put an end to his splendor.
You’ve thrown his throne to the ground.
45You’ve shortened the prime of his life.
You’ve wrapped him up in shame. Selah
46How long will it last, Lord?
Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47Remember how short my life is!
Have you created humans for no good reason?
48Who lives their life without seeing death?
Who is ever rescued from the grip of the grave?#Heb Sheol Selah
49Where now are your loving acts
from long ago, my Lord—
the same ones you promised to David
by your own faithfulness?
50Remember your servant’s abuse, my Lord!
Remember how I bear in my heart
all the insults of the nations,#Correction; MT all of many peoples
51the ones your enemies, Lord, use—
the ones they use to abuse
every step your anointed one takes.
52Bless the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen!
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