| ||I WILL sing of the lovingkindness of Jehovah for ever:|
With my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
| ||For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever;|
Thy faithfulness wilt thou establish in the very heavens.
| ||I have made a covenant with my chosen,|
I have sworn unto David my servant:
| ||Thy seed will I establish for ever,|
And build up thy throne to all generations. [Selah
| ||And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Jehovah;|
Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
| ||For who in the skies can be compared unto Jehovah?|
Who among the sons 1 of the mighty 2 is like unto Jehovah,
| ||A God very terrible in the council of the holy ones,|
And to be feared above all them that are round about him?
| ||O Jehovah God of hosts,|
Who is a mighty one, like unto thee, O Jehovah? 3
And thy faithfulness is round about thee.
| ||Thou rulest the pride of the sea:|
When the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
| ||Thou hast broken Rahab 4 in pieces, as one that is slain;|
Thou hast scattered thine enemies with the arm of thy strength.
| ||The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine:|
The world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
| ||The north and the south, thou hast created them:|
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in thy name.
| ||Thou hast a 5 mighty arm;|
Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
| ||Righteousness and justice are the foundation of thy throne:|
Lovingkindness and truth go before thy face.
| ||Blessed is the people that know the joyful 6 sound:|
They walk, O Jehovah, in the light of thy countenance.
| ||In thy name do they rejoice all the day;|
And in thy righteousness are they exalted.
| ||For thou art the glory of their strength;|
And in thy favor our 7 horn shall be exalted.
| ||For our shield belongeth unto Jehovah;|
And 8 our king to the Holy One of Israel.
| ||Then thou spakest in vision to thy saints, 9|
And saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
| ||I have found David my servant;|
With my holy oil have I anointed him:
| ||With whom my hand shall be established;|
Mine arm also shall strengthen him.
| ||The enemy shall not exact 10 from him,|
Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
| ||And I will beat down his adversaries before him,|
And smite them that hate him.
| ||But my faithfulness and my lovingkindness shall be with him;|
And in my name shall his horn be exalted.
| ||I will set his hand also on the sea,|
And his right hand on the rivers.
| ||He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father,|
My God, and the rock of my salvation.
| ||I also will make him my first-born,|
The highest of the kings of the earth.
| ||My lovingkindness will I keep for him for evermore;|
And my covenant shall stand 11 fast with him.
His seed also will I make to endure for ever,
And his throne as the days of heaven.
| ||If his children forsake my law,|
And walk not in mine ordinances;
| ||If they break 12 my statutes,|
And keep not my commandments;
| ||Then will I visit their transgression with the rod,|
And their iniquity with stripes.
| ||But my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him,|
Nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
| ||My covenant will I not break, 13|
Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
| ||Once 14 have I sworn by my holiness:|
I will not lie unto David:
| ||His seed shall endure for ever,|
And his throne as the sun before me.
| ||It 15 shall be established for ever as the moon,|
And 16 as the faithful witness in the sky. [Selah
| ||But thou hast cast off and rejected,|
Thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.
| ||Thou hast abhorred the covenant of thy servant:|
Thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
| ||Thou hast broken down all his hedges;|
Thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin.
| ||All that pass by the way rob him:|
He is become a reproach to his neighbors.
| ||Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries;|
Thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
| ||Yea, thou turnest back the edge of his sword,|
And hast not made him to stand in the battle.
| ||Thou hast made his brightness to cease,|
And cast his throne down to the ground.
| ||The days of his youth hast thou shortened:|
Thou hast covered him with shame. [Selah
| ||How long, O Jehovah? wilt thou hide thyself for ever?|
How long shall thy wrath burn like fire?
| ||Oh remember how short my time is:|
For what vanity hast thou created all the children of men!
| ||What man is he that shall live and not see death,|
That shall deliver his soul from the power 17 of Sheol? [Selah
| ||Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses,|
Which thou swarest unto David in thy faithfulness?
| ||Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants;|
How I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty 18 peoples,
| ||Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O Jehovah,|
Wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
| ||Blessed be Jehovah for evermore.|
Amen, and Amen.
|Note 1. Or, sons of God. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, gods. See Ps. 29. 1. [back]|
|Note 3. Heb. Jah. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, Egypt. [back]|
|Note 5. Heb. an arm with might. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, trumpet sound. [back]|
|Note 7. Another reading is, thou shalt exalt our horn. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, Even to the Holy One of Israel our King. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, as otherwise read, saint. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, do him violence. [back]|
|Note 11. Or, be faithful. [back]|
|Note 12. Heb. profane. [back]|
|Note 13. Heb. profane. [back]|
|Note 14. Or, One thing. [back]|
|Note 15. Or, As the moon which is established for ever. [back]|
|Note 16. Or, And the witness in the sky is faithful. [back]|
|Note 17. Heb. hand. [back]|
|Note 18. Or, many. [back]|