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Psalms 89

Psalm 89
Perplexity about God’s Promises
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.#1Kg 4:31; 1Ch 2:6
1I will sing about the Lord’s faithful love forever;#Ps 101:1
I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations
with my mouth.#Ps 92:2; 119:90
2For I will declare,
“Faithful love is built up forever;
you establish your faithfulness in the heavens.”#Ps 36:5
3The Lord said,
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4‘I will establish your offspring forever
and build up your throne for all generations.’”#2Sm 7:8–16; 1Ch 17:7–14; Jr 33:17–21Selah
5 Lord, the heavens praise your wonders#Ps 19:1; 97:6  —
your faithfulness also —
in the assembly of the holy ones.#Ps 149:1
6For who in the skies can compare with the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings#89:6 Or the angels, or the sons of the mighty is like the Lord?#Ps 86:8; 113:5
7God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
more awe-inspiring than#89:7 Or ones, revered by all who surround him.#Ps 89:5; 96:4
8 Lord God of Armies,
who is strong like you, Lord?#Ex 15:11; 2Sm 7:22
Your faithfulness surrounds you.
9You rule the raging sea;
when its waves surge, you still them.#Jb 38:11; Ps 104:9; Mt 8:23–27
10You crushed Rahab like one who is slain;#Is 30:7; 51:9–10
you scattered your enemies with your powerful arm.#Ps 68:1; 92:9
11The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours.
The world and everything in it — you founded them.#1Ch 29:11; Ps 24:1
12North and south — you created them.#Jb 26:7
Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.#Ps 133:3; Jr 46:18
13You have a mighty arm;
your hand is powerful;
your right hand is lifted high.#Ps 98:1; 118:16
14Righteousness and justice are the foundation
of your throne;#Ps 97:2
faithful love and truth go before you.#Ps 85:13
15Happy are the people who know the joyful shout;#Ps 98:6
Lord, they walk in the light from your face.#Nm 6:25; Ps 56:13; 1Jn 1:7
16They rejoice in your name all day long,
and they are exalted by your righteousness.#Ps 20:5; 105:3
17For you are their magnificent strength;#Ps 28:8
by your favor our horn is exalted.#Ps 148:14
18Surely our shield#89:18 = the king belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.#Ps 84:9
19You once spoke in a vision to your faithful ones
and said, “I have granted help to a warrior;
I have exalted one chosen#89:19 Or exalted a young man from the people.#2Sm 17:10; 1Kg 11:34; Ps 78:70
20I have found David my servant;
I have anointed him with my sacred oil.#1Sm 16:13; Ps 47:9; Ac 13:22
21My hand will always be with him,
and my arm will strengthen him.#Ps 18:35; 80:17
22The enemy will not oppress#89:22 Or not exact tribute from him;
the wicked will not afflict him.#2Sm 7:10
23I will crush his foes before him
and strike those who hate him.#2Sm 7:9; Ps 2:9
24My faithfulness and love will be with him,
and through my name
his horn will be exalted.#Ps 21:7; 132:17
25I will extend his power to the sea
and his right hand to the rivers.#Ps 72:8
26He will call to me, ‘You are my Father,#2Sm 7:14; 1Ch 22:10
my God, the rock of my salvation.’#2Sm 22:47; Ps 18:2
27I will also make him my firstborn,
greatest of the kings of the earth.#Ex 4:22; Jr 31:9; Col 1:15
28I will always preserve my faithful love for him,
and my covenant with him will endure.#2Ch 13:5; Ps 105:8
29I will establish his line forever,
his throne as long as heaven lasts.#89:29 Lit as days of heaven#Is 9:7; Jr 33:17
30If his sons abandon my instruction
and do not live by my ordinances,#2Sm 7:14; 1Kg 2:4
31if they dishonor my statutes
and do not keep my commands,#1Sm 12:15
32then I will call their rebellion
to account with the rod,
their iniquity with blows.#Jb 9:34
33But I will not withdraw
my faithful love from him
or betray my faithfulness.#2Sm 7:15
34I will not violate my covenant
or change what my lips have said.#Lv 26:44; Jdg 2:1
35Once and for all
I have sworn an oath by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.#Am 4:2
36His offspring will continue forever,
his throne like the sun before me,#Ps 72:5,17
37like the moon, established forever,
a faithful witness in the sky.”#Jb 16:19; Lk 1:33Selah
38But you have spurned and rejected him;
you have become enraged with your anointed.#1Ch 28:9; Ps 44:9
39You have repudiated the covenant with your servant;
you have completely dishonored his crown.#89:39 Lit have dishonored his crown to the ground#Ps 74:7; Lm 2:7; 5:16
40You have broken down all his walls;
you have reduced his fortified cities to ruins.#Ps 80:12; Lm 2:2,5
41All who pass by plunder him;#Jr 30:16
he has become an object of ridicule
to his neighbors.#Dt 28:37; 1Kg 9:7; Ps 44:13; 79:4; 102:8; Jr 20:7; 24:9
42You have lifted high the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.#Ps 13:4; 80:6
43You have also turned back his sharp sword
and have not let him stand in battle.#Ps 44:10
44You have made his splendor#89:44 Hb obscure cease
and have overturned his throne.#Ezk 28:7
45You have shortened the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame.#Is 54:4; Ezk 7:18; Ob 10Selah
46How long, Lord? Will you hide forever?
Will your anger keep burning like fire?#Ps 6:3; 13:1; 35:17; 79:5
47Remember how short my life is.
Have you created everyone for nothing?#Ps 39:6–7; 90:5–6,9–10
48What courageous person can live and never see death?
Who can save himself from the power of Sheol?#Ps 16:10; 22:29Selah
49Lord, where are the former acts of your faithful love
that you swore to David in your faithfulness?#2Sm 7:15; Jr 30:9; Ezk 34:23
50Remember, Lord, the ridicule against your servants —
in my heart I carry abuse from all the peoples —
51how your enemies have ridiculed, Lord,
how they have ridiculed every step of your anointed.#Ps 69:9; 74:10,18,22
52Blessed be the Lord forever.
Amen and amen.#Ps 41:13; 72:19–20; 106:48
(Psalms 90–106)

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