Psalm of Ethan the Ezrahite
1 I will sing of the loving kindness of Jehovah forever. With my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said: »Loving-kindness will be built up forever. You will establish your faithfulness in the heavens.«
3 »I made a covenant with my chosen; I swore to David my servant:
4 I will establish your seed forever and build up your throne to all generations.
5 The heavens will praise your wonders, O Jehovah, Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the heavens is comparable to Jehovah? Who among the sons of the mighty is like Jehovah?
7 He is a God greatly reverenced in the council of the holy ones. He is awesome above all those who are around Him?
8 O Jehovah God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty Jehovah? Your faithfulness also surrounds you.
9 You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one who is slain. You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm power.
11 The heavens and the earth are yours. You have founded the world and all it contains.
13 You have a strong arm! Your hand is mighty power by Holy Spirit; your right hand is exalted.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Loving kindness and truth go before you.
15 How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O Jehovah, they walk in the light of your countenance.
16 They rejoice in your name all the day. They are exalted in your righteousness.
17 For you are the glory of their strength and by your favor our horn strength is exalted increased.
18 For our shield belongs to Jehovah, and our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19 Once you spoke in vision to your godly ones. You said: »I have given help to one who is mighty. I have exalted one chosen from the people.«
20 I have found David my servant. I anointed him with my holy oil.
21 With him my hand will be established; my arm also will strengthen him.
22 No enemy will tax him. No wicked man will oppress him.
23 I will beat down his adversaries before him. I will strike those who hate him.
24 But my faithfulness and my loving kindness will be with him. In my name, his horn powerstrength will be exalted increased.
25 I will set his hand also on the sea, and his right hand on the rivers.
26 He will call to me: »You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation!«
27 I will also appoint him my firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 I will keep my loving kindness for him forevermore. My covenant will stand firm with him.
29 I will make his descendants endure forever and his throne like the days of heaven.
30 If his descendants abandon my law and do not live by my rules,
31 if they violate my statutes and do not obey my commandments,
32 then with a rod I will punish their transgression and their crimes with beatings.
33 But I will not take my loving kindness away from him or allow my truth to become perverted.
34 I will not dishonor my promise or alter my own agreement.
35 On my holiness I have taken an oath: I will not lie to David.
36 His descendants will last forever. His throne will be in my presence like the sun.
37 It shall be established forever like the moon. It will be like a faithful witness in heaven.
38 But you have despised, rejected, and become angry with your anointed one.
39 You have refused to recognize the covenant to your servant and have thrown his crown into the dirt.
40 You have broken through all his walls and have laid his fortified cities in ruins.
41 Everyone who passed by robbed him. He has become the object of his neighbors' scorn.
42 You lifted up the right hand of his enemies and made all of his adversaries rejoice.
43 You even took his sword out of his hand and failed to support him in battle.
44 You put an end to his splendor and hurled his throne to the ground.
45 You cut short the days of his youth and covered him with shame.
46 How long, O Jehovah? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your anger continue to burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my life span is! Have you created the sons of men for no reason?
48 Can man go on living and never see death? Who can set himself free from the power of the grave?
49 Where is the evidence of your mercy, Lord? You swore an oath to David on the basis of your faithfulness.
50 Jehovah, remember the reproach of your servant. Remember how I have carried in my heart the insults from so many people.
51 Your enemies insulted me. They insulted your anointed every step he took.
52 Blessed be Jehovah forevermore! Amen and Amen.