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Psalm 89

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The psalmist praises God for his covenant;

A contemplation by Ethan, the Ezrahite.

89:1 I will sing of the loving kindness of Yahweh forever.
With my mouth, I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

89:2 I indeed declare, “Love stands firm forever.
You established the heavens.
Your faithfulness is in them.”

89:3 “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David, my servant,

89:4 ‘I will establish your seed forever,
and build up your throne to all generations.’”


for his wonderful power;

89:5 The heavens will praise your wonders, Yahweh;
your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

89:6 For who in the skies can be compared to Yahweh?
Who among the sons of the heavenly beings is like Yahweh,

89:7 a very awesome God in the council of the holy ones,
to be feared above all those who are around him?

89:8 Yahweh, God of Armies, who is a mighty one, like you?
Yah, your faithfulness is around you.

89:9 You rule the pride of the sea.
When its waves rise up, you calm them.

89:10 You have broken Rahab in pieces, like one of the slain.
You have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.

89:11 The heavens are yours.
The earth also is yours;
the world and its fullness.
You have founded them.

89:12 The north and the south, you have created them.
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.

89:13 You have a mighty arm.
Your hand is strong, and your right hand is exalted.

89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.
Loving kindness and truth go before your face.

for the care of his church;

89:15 Blessed are the people who learn to acclaim you.
They walk in the light of your presence, Yahweh.

89:16 In your name they rejoice all day.
In your righteousness, they are exalted.

89:17 For you are the glory of their strength.
In your favor, our horn will be exalted.

89:18 For our shield belongs to Yahweh;
our king to the Holy One of Israel.

for his favour to the kingdom of David.

89:19 Then you spoke in vision to your saints,
and said, “I have bestowed strength on the warrior.
I have exalted a young man from the people.

89:20 I have found David, my servant.
I have anointed him with my holy oil,

89:21 with whom my hand shall be established.
My arm will also strengthen him.

89:22 No enemy will tax him.
No wicked man will oppress him.

89:23 I will beat down his adversaries before him,
and strike those who hate him.

89:24 But my faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him.
In my name, his horn will be exalted.

89:25 I will set his hand also on the sea,
and his right hand on the rivers.

89:26 He will call to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation!’

89:27 I will also appoint him my firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.

89:28 I will keep my loving kindness for him forevermore.
My covenant will stand firm with him.

89:29 I will also make his seed endure forever,
and his throne as the days of heaven.

89:30 If his children forsake my law,
and don’t walk in my ordinances;

89:31 if they break my statutes,
and don’t keep my commandments;

89:32 then I will punish their sin with the rod,
and their iniquity with stripes.

89:33 But I will not completely take my loving kindness from him,
nor allow my faithfulness to fail.

89:34 I will not break my covenant,
nor alter what my lips have uttered.

89:35 Once have I sworn by my holiness,
I will not lie to David.

89:36 His seed will endure forever,
his throne like the sun before me.

89:37 It will be established forever like the moon,
the faithful witness in the sky.”


Then complaining of contrary events,

89:38 But you have rejected and spurned.
You have been angry with your anointed.

89:39 You have renounced the covenant of your servant.
You have defiled his crown in the dust.

89:40 You have broken down all his hedges.
You have brought his strongholds to ruin.

89:41 All who pass by the way rob him.
He has become a reproach to his neighbors.

89:42 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries.
You have made all of his enemies rejoice.

89:43 Yes, you turn back the edge of his sword,
and haven’t supported him in battle.

89:44 You have ended his splendor,
and thrown his throne down to the ground.

89:45 You have shortened the days of his youth.
You have covered him with shame.


he expostulates, prays, and blesses God.

89:46 How long, Yahweh?
Will you hide yourself forever?
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89:47 Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity have you created all the children of men!

89:48 What man is he who shall live and not see death,
who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?


89:49 Lord, where are your former loving kindnesses,
which you swore to David in your faithfulness?

89:50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of your servants,
how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the mighty peoples,

89:51 With which your enemies have mocked, Yahweh,
with which they have mocked the footsteps of your anointed one.

89:52 Blessed be Yahweh forevermore.
Amen, and Amen.

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