Psalm 89
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Sing of the Lovingkindness of Yahweh Forever

A [†]Maskil of [†]Ethan [†]the Ezrahite.

1I will sing of the lovingkindnesses of Yahweh forever;

From generation to generation I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.

2For I have said, “Lovingkindness will be built up forever;

In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.”

3“I have cut a covenant with My chosen;

I have sworn to David My [†]servant,

4I will establish your seed forever

And build up your throne from generation to generation.” [†]Selah.

5The heavens will praise Your wonders, O Yahweh;

Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

6For who in the sky is comparable to Yahweh?

Who among the [†]sons of the mighty is like Yahweh,

7A God greatly dreaded in the council of the holy ones,

And [†]fearsome above all those who are around Him?

8O Yahweh God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty Yah?

Your faithfulness also surrounds You.

9You rule the swelling of the sea;

When its waves rise, You still them.

10You Yourself crushed [†]Rahab like one who is slain;

You scattered Your enemies with Your strong arm.

11The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;

The world and its fullness, You have founded them.

12The north and the south, You have created them;

Tabor and Hermon sing with joy at Your name.

13You have a mighty arm;

Your hand is strong, Your right hand is exalted.

14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;

Lovingkindness and [†]truth go before You.

15How blessed are the people who know the loud shout of joy!

O Yahweh, they walk in the light of Your face.

16In Your name they rejoice all the day,

And by Your righteousness they are exalted.

17For You are the beauty of their strength,

And by Your favor [†]our horn is exalted.

18For our shield belongs to Yahweh,

[†]And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19Formerly You spoke in vision to Your [†]holy [†]ones,

And said, “I have bestowed help to a mighty one;

I have exalted one chosen from the people.

20I have found David My [†]servant;

With My holy oil I have anointed him,

21With whom My hand will be established;

My arm also will strengthen him.

22The enemy will not [†]deceive him,

Nor the [†]son of unrighteousness afflict him.

23But I shall crush his adversaries before him,

And strike those who hate him.

24My faithfulness and My lovingkindness will be with him,

And in My name his horn will be exalted.

25I shall also set his hand on the sea

And his right hand on the rivers.

26He will call to Me, ‘You are my Father,

My God, and the rock of my salvation.’

27I also shall make him My firstborn,

The highest of the kings of the earth.

28My lovingkindness I will keep for him forever,

And My covenant shall be confirmed to him.

29So I will set up his seed to endure forever

And his throne as the days of heaven.

30“If his sons forsake My law

And do not walk in My judgments,

31If they profane My statutes

And do not keep My commandments,

32Then I will punish their transgression with the rod

And their iniquity with striking.

33But I will not break off My lovingkindness from him,

Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.

34My covenant I will not profane,

Nor will I alter what comes forth from My lips.

35[†]Once I have sworn by My holiness;

I will not lie to David.

36His seed shall endure forever

And his throne as the sun before Me.

37It shall be established forever like the moon,

And the witness in the sky is faithful.” [†]Selah.

38But You have cast off and rejected,

You have been full of wrath [†]against Your anointed.

39You have spurned the covenant of Your [†]slave;

You have profaned his crown to the ground.

40You have broken down all his walls;

You have beset his strongholds with ruin.

41All who pass along the way plunder him;

He has become a reproach to his neighbors.

42You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries;

You have made all his enemies be glad.

43You also turn back the edge of his sword

And have not made him arise in battle.

44You have made his [†]splendor to cease

And cast his throne to the ground.

45You have shortened the days of his youth;

You have wrapped him up with shame. Selah.

46How long, O Yahweh?

Will You hide Yourself forever?

Will Your wrath burn like fire?

47Remember [†]what my span of life is;

For what vanity [†]You have created all the sons of men!

48What man can live and not see death?

Can he provide his soul escape from the [†]power of Sheol? Selah.

49Where are Your former lovingkindnesses, O Lord,

Which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?

50Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your [†]slaves;

[†]How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples,

51With which Your enemies have reproached, O Yahweh,

With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed.

52Blessed be Yahweh forever!

Amen and Amen.

Title Possibly Contemplative, Didactic, Skillful Psalm
Title 1 Kin 4:31
Title Ps 88: title
3 Or slave, cf. 89:39; see Preface, “The Terminology of Slave”
4 Selah may mean Pause, Crescendo, Musical Interlude
6 Or sons of gods
7 Or awesome
10 Egypt
14 Or faithfulness
17 Or You exalt our horn
18 Or Even to the Holy One of Israel our King
19 Or ones of lovingkindness
19 Some mss one, cf. 16:10
20 Or slave,cf. 89:39; see Preface, “The Terminology of Slave”
22 Or exact usury from him
22 Or unrighteous man
35 Or One thing
37 Selah may mean Pause, Crescendo, Musical Interlude
38 Lit with
39 Or servant, cf. Ps 89:3, 20
44 Lit clearness, luster
47 Lit of what duration I am
47 Or have
48 Lit hand
50 Or servants, cf. Ps 89:3, 20
50 Lit My bearing in my bosom

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