A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.1I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.2I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.3You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant,4‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’” 5The heavens praise your wonders, Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.6For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?7In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.8Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. 9You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.10You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.11The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.12You created the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.13Your arm is endowed with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted. 14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.15Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.16They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.17For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn.18Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord, our king to the Holy One of Israel. 19Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said:“I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have raised up a young man from among the people.20I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him.21My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.22The enemy will not get the better of him; the wicked will not oppress him.23I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries.24My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted.25I will set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers.26He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’27And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth.28I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail.29I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure. 30“If his sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes,31if they violate my decrees and fail to keep my commands,32I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging;33but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.34I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.35Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness— and I will not lie to David—36that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun;37it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.” 38But you have rejected, you have spurned, you have been very angry with your anointed one.39You have renounced the covenant with your servant and have defiled his crown in the dust.40You have broken through all his walls and reduced his strongholds to ruins.41All who pass by have plundered him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors.42You have exalted the right hand of his foes; you have made all his enemies rejoice.43Indeed, you have turned back the edge of his sword and have not supported him in battle.44You have put an end to his splendor and cast his throne to the ground.45You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with a mantle of shame. 46How long, Lord? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?47Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all humanity!48Who can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave?49Lord, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David?50Remember, Lord, how your servant has been mocked, how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,51the taunts with which your enemies, Lord, have mocked, with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one. 52Praise be to the Lord forever!Amen and Amen.
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