Psalms 88

1Of understanding, for Ethan the Ezrahite. 2The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever. I will shew forth thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation. 3For thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up for ever in the heavens: thy truth shall be prepared in them. 4I have made a covenant with my elect: I have sworn to David my servant: 5Thy seed will I settle for ever. And I will build up thy throne unto generation and generation. 6The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord: and thy truth in the church of the saints. 7For who in the clouds can be compared to the Lord: or who among the sons of God shall be like to God? 8God, who is glorified in the assembly of the saints: great and terrible above all them that are about him. 9O Lord God of hosts, who is like to thee? thou art mighty, O Lord, and thy truth is round about thee. 10Thou rulest the power of the sea: and appeasest the motion of the waves thereof. 11Thou hast humbled the proud one, as one that is slain: with the arm of thy strength thou hast scattered thy enemies. 12Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth: the world and the fulness thereof thou hast founded: 13The north and the sea thou hast created. Thabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name: 14Thy arm is with might. Let thy hand be strengthened, and thy right hand exalted: 15Justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face: 16Blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation. They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance: 17And in thy name they shall rejoice all the day, and in thy justice they shall be exalted. 18For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy good pleasure shall our horn be exalted. 19For our protection is of the Lord, and of our king the holy one of Israel. 20Then thou spokest in a vision to thy saints, and saidst: I have laid help upon one that is mighty, and have exalted one chosen out of my people. 21I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him. 22For my hand shall help him: and my arm shall strengthen him. 23The enemy shall have no advantage over him: nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him. 24And I will cut down his enemies before his face; and them that hate him I will put to flight. 25And my truth and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted. 26And I will set his hand in the sea; and his right hand in the rivers. 27He shall cry out to me: Thou art my father: my God, and the support of my salvation. 28And I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the earth. 29I will keep my mercy for him for ever: and my covenant faithful to him. 30And I will make his seed to endure for evermore: and his throne as the days of heaven. 31And if his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments: 32If they profane my justices: and keep not my commandments: 33I will visit their iniquities with a rod and their sins with stripes. 34But my mercy I will not take away from him: nor will I suffer my truth to fail. 35Neither will I profane my covenant: and the words that proceed from my mouth I will not make void. 36Once have I sworn by my holiness: I will not lie unto David: 37His seed shall endure for ever. 38And his throne as the sun before me: and as the moon perfect for ever, and a faithful witness in heaven. 39But thou hast rejected and despised: thou hast been angry with my anointed. 40Thou hast overthrown the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his sanctuary on the earth. 41Thou hast broken down all his hedges: thou hast made his strength fear. 42All that pass by the way have robbed him: he is become a reproach to his neighbours. 43Thou hast set up the right hand of them that oppress him: thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice. 44Thou hast turned away the help of his sword; and hast not assisted him in battle. 45Thou hast made his purification to cease: and thou hast cast his throne down to the ground. 46Thou hast shortened the days of his time: thou hast covered him with confusion. 47How long, O Lord, turnest thou away unto the end? shall thy anger burn like fire? 48Remember what my substance is: for hast thou made all the children of men in vain? 49Who is the man that shall live, and not see death: that shall deliver his soul from the hand of hell? 50Lord, where are thy ancient mercies, according to what thou didst swear to David in thy truth? 51Be mindful, O Lord, of the reproach of thy servants (which I have held in my bosom) of many nations: 52Wherewith thy enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the change of thy anointed. 53Blessed be the Lord for evermore. So be it. So be it.
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