Maschil. Of Ethan the Ezrahite.
My song will be of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my
mouth will I make his faith clear to all generations.
For you have said, Mercy will be made
strong for ever; my faith will be unchanging in the heavens.
I have made an agreement with the man of
my selection, I have made an oath to David my servant;
I will make your seed go on for ever, your
kingdom will be strong through all generations. (Selah.)
In heaven let them give praise for your
wonders, O Lord; and your unchanging faith among the saints.
For who is there in the heavens in
comparison with the Lord? who is like the Lord among the
sons of the gods?
God is greatly to be feared among the
saints, and to be honoured over all those who are about him.
O Lord God of armies, who is strong like
you, O Jah? and your unchanging faith is round about you.
You have rule over the sea in storm; when
its waves are troubled, you make them calm.
Rahab was crushed by you like one wounded
to death; with your strong arm you put to flight all your
Yours are the heavens, and the earth is yours; you have made
the world, and everything which is in it.
You have made the north and the south;
Tabor and Hermon are sounding with joy at your name.
Yours is an arm of power; strong is your
hand and high your right hand.
The seat of your kingdom is resting on
righteousness and right judging: mercy and good faith come
before your face.
Happy are the people who have knowledge
of the holy cry: the light of your face, O Lord, will be
shining on their way.
In your name will they have joy all the
day: in your righteousness will they be lifted up.
For you are the glory of their strength;
in your pleasure will our horn be lifted up.
For our breastplate is the Lord; and our
king is the Holy One of Israel's.
Then your voice came to your holy one in
a vision, saying, I have put the crown on a strong one,
lifting up one taken from among the people.
I have made discovery of David my
servant; I have put my holy oil on his head.
My hand will be his support; my arm will
give him strength.
The deceit of those who are against him
will not overcome him; he will not be troubled by the sons
I will have those who are against him broken before his
face, and his haters will be crushed under my blows.
But my faith and my mercy will be with
him; and in my name will his horn be lifted up.
I will put his hand in the sea, and his
right hand in the rivers.
He will say to me, You are my father, my
God, and the Rock of my salvation.
And I will make him the first of my sons,
most high over the kings of the earth.
I will keep my mercy for him for ever; my
agreement with him will not be changed.
His seed will keep their place for ever;
his kingdom will be eternal, like the heavens.
If his children give up my law, and are
not ruled by my decisions;
If my rules are broken, and my orders are
Then I will send punishment on them for
their sin; my rod will be the reward of their evil-doing.
But I will not take away my mercy from
him, and will not be false to my faith.
I will be true to my agreement; the
things which have gone out of my lips will not be changed.
I have made an oath once by my holy name,
that I will not be false to David.
His seed will not come to an end for
ever; the seat of his kingdom will be like the sun before
It will be fixed for ever like the moon; and the witness in
heaven is true. (Selah.)
But you have put him away in disgust; you
have been angry with the king of your selection.
You have made your agreement with your
servant of no effect: you have had no respect for his crown,
it has come down even to the earth.
All his walls are broken down; you have
given his strong towers to destruction.
All those who come by take away his
goods; he is laughed at by his neighbours.
You have given power to the right hand of
his haters; you have made glad all those who are against
His sword is turned back; you have not been his support in
You have put an end to his glory: the
seat of his kingdom has been levelled to the earth.
You have made him old before his time; he
is covered with shame. (Selah.)
How long, O Lord, will you Keep yourself
for ever from our eyes? how long will your wrath be burning
See how short my time is; why have you
made all men for no purpose?
What man now living will not see death?
will he be able to keep back his soul from the underworld?
Lord, where are your earlier mercies? where is the oath
which you made to David in unchanging faith?
Keep in mind, O Lord, the shame of your
servants, and how the bitter words of all the people have
come into my heart;
The bitter words of your haters, O Lord,
shaming the footsteps of your king.
Let the Lord be praised for ever. So be
it, So be it.