Maschil. Of Ethan the Ezrahite.1 My song will be of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make his faith clear to all generations. 2For you have said, Mercy will be made strong for ever; my faith will be unchanging in the heavens. 3I have made an agreement with the man of my selection, I have made an oath to David my servant; 4I will make your seed go on for ever, your kingdom will be strong through all generations. (Selah.) 5In heaven let them give praise for your wonders, O Lord; and your unchanging faith among the saints. 6For who is there in the heavens in comparison with the Lord? who is like the Lord among the sons of the gods? 7God is greatly to be feared among the saints, and to be honoured over all those who are about him. 8O Lord God of armies, who is strong like you, O Jah? and your unchanging faith is round about you. 9You have rule over the sea in storm; when its waves are troubled, you make them calm. 10Rahab was crushed by you like one wounded to death; with your strong arm you put to flight all your haters. 11Yours are the heavens, and the earth is yours; you have made the world, and everything which is in it. 12You have made the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon are sounding with joy at your name. 13Yours is an arm of power; strong is your hand and high your right hand. 14The seat of your kingdom is resting on righteousness and right judging: mercy and good faith come before your face. 15Happy are the people who have knowledge of the holy cry: the light of your face, O Lord, will be shining on their way. 16In your name will they have joy all the day: in your righteousness will they be lifted up. 17For you are the glory of their strength; in your pleasure will our horn be lifted up. 18For our breastplate is the Lord; and our king is the Holy One of Israel's. 19Then your voice came to your holy one in a vision, saying, I have put the crown on a strong one, lifting up one taken from among the people. 20I have made discovery of David my servant; I have put my holy oil on his head. 21My hand will be his support; my arm will give him strength. 22The deceit of those who are against him will not overcome him; he will not be troubled by the sons of evil. 23I will have those who are against him broken before his face, and his haters will be crushed under my blows. 24But my faith and my mercy will be with him; and in my name will his horn be lifted up. 25I will put his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. 26He will say to me, You are my father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation. 27And I will make him the first of my sons, most high over the kings of the earth. 28I will keep my mercy for him for ever; my agreement with him will not be changed. 29His seed will keep their place for ever; his kingdom will be eternal, like the heavens. 30If his children give up my law, and are not ruled by my decisions; 31If my rules are broken, and my orders are not kept; 32Then I will send punishment on them for their sin; my rod will be the reward of their evil-doing. 33But I will not take away my mercy from him, and will not be false to my faith. 34I will be true to my agreement; the things which have gone out of my lips will not be changed. 35I have made an oath once by my holy name, that I will not be false to David. 36His seed will not come to an end for ever; the seat of his kingdom will be like the sun before me. 37It will be fixed for ever like the moon; and the witness in heaven is true. (Selah.) 38But you have put him away in disgust; you have been angry with the king of your selection. 39You have made your agreement with your servant of no effect: you have had no respect for his crown, it has come down even to the earth. 40All his walls are broken down; you have given his strong towers to destruction. 41All those who come by take away his goods; he is laughed at by his neighbours. 42You have given power to the right hand of his haters; you have made glad all those who are against him. 43His sword is turned back; you have not been his support in the fight. 44You have put an end to his glory: the seat of his kingdom has been levelled to the earth. 45You have made him old before his time; he is covered with shame. (Selah.) 46How long, O Lord, will you Keep yourself for ever from our eyes? how long will your wrath be burning like fire? 47See how short my time is; why have you made all men for no purpose? 48What man now living will not see death? will he be able to keep back his soul from the underworld? (Selah.) 49Lord, where are your earlier mercies? where is the oath which you made to David in unchanging faith? 50Keep in mind, O Lord, the shame of your servants, and how the bitter words of all the people have come into my heart; 51The bitter words of your haters, O Lord, shaming the footsteps of your king. 52Let the Lord be praised for ever. So be it, So be it.
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