The Lord’s Covenant with David, and Israel’s Afflictions.
Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful PsalmMaskil of
1 Kin 4:31Ethan
Ps 88: titlethe Ezrahite.1 I will d sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever;
To all generations I will e make known Your f faithfulness with my mouth.
2 For I have said g “Lovingkindness will be built up forever;
In the heavens You will establish Your h faithfulness.”
3 “I have made a covenant with i My chosen;
I have j sworn to David My servant,
4 I will establish your k seed forever
And build up your l throne to all generations.” ▼
▼ Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interludeSelah.
5 The n heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord;
Your faithfulness also o in the assembly of the p holy ones.
6 For q who in the skies is comparable to the Lord?
Who among the ▼
▼ Or sons of gods, s sons of the mighty is like the Lord,
7 A God t greatly feared in the council of the u holy ones,
And v awesome above all those who are around Him?
8 O Lord God of hosts w who is like You, O mighty ▼
▼ Heb YahLord?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
9 You rule the swelling of the sea;
When its waves rise, You y still them.
10 You Yourself crushed ▼
▼ I.e. Egypt, aa Rahab like one who is slain;
You ab scattered Your enemies with ▼
▼ Lit the arm of Your mightYour mighty arm.
11 The ad heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The ae world and ▼
▼ Lit its fullnessall it contains, You have founded them.
12 The ag north and the south, You have created them;
ah Tabor and ai Hermon aj shout for joy at Your name.
13 You have ▼
▼ Lit an arm with strengtha strong arm;
Your hand is mighty, Your al right hand is exalted.
14 am Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
an Lovingkindness and ▼
▼ Or faithfulnesstruth go before You.
15 How blessed are the people who know the ▼
▼ Or blast of the trumpet, shout of joy, aq joyful sound!
O Lord, they walk in the ar light of Your countenance.
16 In as Your name they rejoice all the day,
And by Your righteousness they are exalted.
17 For You are the glory of at their strength,
And by Your favor ▼
▼ Another reading is You exalt our hornour av horn is exalted.
18 For our aw shield belongs to the Lord,
▼ Or Even to the Holy One of Israel our KingAnd our king to the ay Holy One of Israel.
▼ Or At that timeOnce You spoke in vision to Your godly ▼
▼ Some mss read oneones,
And said, “I have ▼
▼ Lit placed help upongiven help to one who is bc mighty;
I have exalted one bd chosen from the people.
20 “I have be found David My servant;
With My holy bf oil I have anointed him,
21 With whom bg My hand will be established;
My arm also will bh strengthen him.
22 “The enemy will not ▼
▼ Or exact usury from himdeceive him,
Nor the ▼
▼ Or wicked man, bk son of wickedness afflict him.
23 “But I shall bl crush his adversaries before him,
And strike those who hate him.
24 “My bm faithfulness and My lovingkindness will be with him,
And in My name his bn horn will be exalted.
25 “I shall also set his hand bo on the sea
And his right hand on the rivers.
26 “He will cry to Me, ‘You are bp my Father,
My God, and the bq rock of my salvation.’
27 “I also shall make him My br firstborn,
The bs highest of the kings of the earth.
28 “My bt lovingkindness I will keep for him forever,
And My bu covenant shall be confirmed to him.
29 “So I will establish his ▼
▼ Lit seed, bw descendants forever
And his bx throne by as the days of heaven.
30 “If his sons bz forsake My law
And do not walk in My judgments,
31 If they ▼
▼ Lit profaneviolate My statutes
And do not keep My commandments,
32 Then I will punish their transgression with the cb rod
And their iniquity with stripes.
33 “But I will not break off cc My lovingkindness from him,
Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.
34 “My cd covenant I will not ▼
▼ Lit profaneviolate,
Nor will I cf alter ▼
▼ Lit that which goes forththe utterance of My lips.
▼ Or One thing“Once I have ci sworn by My holiness;
I will not lie to David.
36 “His ▼
▼ Lit seed, ck descendants shall endure forever
And his cl throne cm as the sun before Me.
37 “It shall be established forever cn like the moon,
And the co witness in the sky is faithful.” ▼
▼ Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interludeSelah.
38 But You have cq cast off and cr rejected,
You have been full of wrath ▼
▼ Lit withagainst Your ct anointed.
39 You have cu spurned the covenant of Your servant;
You have cv profaned cw his crown ▼
▼ Lit to the groundin the dust.
40 You have cy broken down all his walls;
You have cz brought his strongholds to ruin.
41 da All who pass along the way plunder him;
He has become a db reproach to his neighbors.
42 You have dc exalted the right hand of his adversaries;
You have dd made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You also turn back the edge of his sword
And have de not made him stand in battle.
44 You have made his ▼
▼ Lit clearness, luster, dg splendor to cease
And cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have dh shortened the days of his youth;
You have di covered him with shame. Selah.
46 dj How long, O Lord?
Will You hide Yourself forever?
Will Your dk wrath burn like fire?
47 dl Remember ▼
▼ Lit of what duration I amwhat my span of life is;
For what dn vanity ▼
▼ Or have You...men?You have created all the sons of men!
48 What man can live and not dp see death?
Can he dq deliver his soul from the ▼
▼ Lit handpower of ▼
▼ I.e. the nether worldSheol? Selah.
49 Where are Your former lovingkindnesses, O Lord,
Which You dt swore to David in Your faithfulness?
50 Remember, O Lord, the du reproach of Your servants;
▼ Lit My bearing in my bosomHow I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,
51 With which dw Your enemies have reproached, O Lord,
With which they have reproached the footsteps of dx Your anointed.
52 dy Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.
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