Psalms 89:1-10

Maskil: From a Hebrew word meaning to be prudent or to have insight; possibly a contemplative, instructive, or wisdom psalm
of Ethan the Ezrahite. b

I will sing about the Lord’s faithful love forever; c
I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations
with my mouth. d
2 For I will declare,
“Faithful love is built up forever;
You establish Your faithfulness in the heavens.” e

3 The 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.’” f ,
Selah: A Hebrew word whose meaning is uncertain; various interpretations include: (1) a musical notation, (2) a pause for silence, (3) a signal for worshipers to fall prostrate on the ground, (4) a term for the worshipers to call out, and (5) a word meaning "forever"


5 Lord, the heavens praise Your wonders h
Your faithfulness also
in the assembly of the holy ones. i
6 For who in the skies can compare with the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings
Or the angels, or the sons of the mighty
is like the Lord? k
7 God is greatly
fear(s) God or the Lord/ the fear of the Lord: No single English word conveys every aspect of the word fear in this phrase. The meaning includes worshipful submission, reverential awe, and obedient respect to the covenant-keeping God of Israel.
feared in the council of the holy ones,
more awe-inspiring than
Or ones, revered by
all who surround Him. n
8 Lord God of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
who is strong like You, Lord? p
Your faithfulness surrounds You.
9 You rule the raging sea;
when its waves surge, You still them. q
10 You crushed
Rahab: Or boisterous one, a mythological sea serpent or dragon defeated at the time of creation. Scripture sometimes uses the name metaphorically to describe Egypt.
Rahab like one who is slain; s
You scattered Your enemies with Your powerful arm. t
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