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Psalms 89

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89
(A special psalm by Ethan the Ezrahite.)
The Lord's Agreement with David
1 Our Lord, I will sing
89 Title 1K 4.30
of your love forever.
Everyone yet to be born
will hear me praise
your faithfulness.
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Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
Maschil...: or, A Psalm for Ethan the Ezrahite, to give instruction
1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
to all...: Heb. to generation and generation
2 I will tell them,
“God's love
can always be trusted,
and his faithfulness lasts
as long as the heavens.”
2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.

3 You said, “David, my servant,
is my chosen one,
and this is the agreement
I made with him:
3 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
4 David, one of your descendants
89.4 2S 7.12
will always be king.”
4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

5 Our Lord, let the heavens
now praise your miracles,
and let all of your angels
praise your faithfulness.
5 And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.

6 None who live in the heavens
can compare with you.
6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?
7 You are the most fearsome
of all who live in heaven;
all the others fear
and greatly honor you.
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
8 You are Lord God All-Powerful!
No one is as loving
and faithful as you are.
8 O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?
9 You rule the roaring sea
and calm its waves.
9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
10 You crushed the monster Rahab,
f 89.10 Rahab: Many people in the ancient world thought that the world was controlled by this sea monster that the Lord destroyed at the time of creation (see Isaiah 51.9).
and with your powerful arm
you scattered your enemies.
10 Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.
Rahab: or, Egypt
thy...: Heb. the arm of thy strength
11 The heavens and the earth
belong to you.
And so does the world
with all its people
because you created them
11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
the fulness...: or, all it containeth
12 and everything else.
g 89.12 and everything else: The Hebrew text has “Zaphon and Yamin,” which may either be the names of mountains or refer to the directions “north and south,” with the meaning “everything from north to south.”

Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon
gladly praise you.
12 The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.
13 You are strong and mighty!
13 Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
a...: Heb. an arm with might
14 Your kingdom is ruled
by justice and fairness
with love and faithfulness
leading the way.
14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
habitation: or, establishment

15 Our Lord, you bless those
who join in the festival
and walk in the brightness
of your presence.
15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.
16 We are happy all day
because of you,
and your saving power
brings honor to us.
16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
17 Your own glorious power
makes us strong,
and because of your kindness,
our strength increases.
17 For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
18 Our Lord and our King,
the Holy One of Israel,
you are truly our shield.
18 For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
the LORD...: or, our shield is of the LORD, and our king is of the Holy One of Israel

19 In a vision, you once said
to your faithful followers:
“I have helped a mighty hero.
I chose him from my people
and made him famous.
19 Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 David, my servant, is the one
89.20 a 1S 13.14; Ac 13.22; b 1S 16.12.
I chose to be king,
20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:
21 and I will always be there
to help and strengthen him.
21 With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.

22 “No enemy will outsmart David,
and he won't be defeated
by any hateful people.
22 The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 I will strike down and crush
his troublesome enemies.
23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.
24 He will always be able
to depend on my love,
and I will make him strong
with my own power.
24 But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will let him rule the lands
across the rivers and seas.
25 I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.
26 He will say to me,
‘You are my Father
and my God,
as well as the mighty rock
h 89.26 mighty rock: See the note at 18.2.
where I am safe.’
26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

27 “I have chosen David
89.27 Rev 1.5.
as my first-born son,
and he will be the ruler
of all kings on earth.
27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
28 My love for him will last,
and my agreement with him
will never be broken.
28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.

29 “One of David's descendants
will always be king,
and his family will rule
until the sky disappears.
29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.
30 Suppose some of his children
should reject my Law
and refuse my instructions.
30 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;
31 Or suppose they should disobey
all of my teachings.
31 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;
break: Heb. profane
32 Then I will correct
and punish them
because of their sins.
32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
33 But I will always love David
and faithfully keep all
of my promises to him.
33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
will...: Heb. I will not make void from him
to fall: Heb. to lie

34 “I won't break my agreement
or go back on my word.
34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
35 I have sworn once and for all
by my own holy name,
and I won't lie to David.
35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
that...: Heb. if I lie
36 His family will always rule.
I will let his kingdom last
as long as the sun
36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
37 and moon
appear in the sky.”
37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

38 You are now angry, God,
and you have turned your back
on your chosen king.
38 But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.
39 You broke off your agreement
with your servant, the king,
and you completely destroyed
his kingdom.
39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
40 The walls of his city
have been broken through,
and every fortress
now lies in ruin.
40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.
41 All who pass by
take what they want,
and nations everywhere
joke about the king.
41 All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.

42 You made his enemies powerful
and let them celebrate.
42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
43 But you forced him to retreat
because you did not fight
on his side.
43 Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.
44 You took his crown
i 89.44 You took ... crown: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
and threw his throne
in the dirt.
44 Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.
glory: Heb. brightness
45 You made an old man of him
and put him to shame.
45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

46 How much longer, Lord?
Will you hide forever?
How long will your anger
keep burning like fire?
46 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember, life is short!
j 89.47 Remember ... short: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
Why did you empty our lives
of all meaning?
47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
48 No one can escape the power
of death and the grave.
48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

49 Our Lord, where is the love
you have always shown
and that you promised
so faithfully to David?
49 Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
50 Remember your servant, Lord!
People make jokes about me,
and I suffer many insults.
50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
51 I am your chosen one,
but your enemies chase
and make fun of me.
51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.

52 Our Lord, we praise you
forever. Amen and amen.
52 Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

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