Psalm 89
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1AN INSTRUCTION OF ETHAN THE EZRAHITE. Of the kind acts of YHWH, I sing for all time, || From generation to generation I make known Your faithfulness with my mouth,

2For I said, “Kindness is built for all time, || The heavens! You establish Your faithfulness in them.”

3I have made a covenant for My chosen, || I have sworn to My servant David:

4“Even for all time I establish your seed, || And have built your throne to generation and generation.” Selah.

5And the heavens confess Your wonders, O YHWH, || Your faithfulness [is] also in an assembly of holy ones.

6For who in the sky, compares himself to YHWH? [Who] is like to YHWH among sons of the mighty?

7God is very terrible, || In the secret counsel of His holy ones, || And fearful over all surrounding Him.

8O YHWH, God of Hosts, || Who [is] like You—a strong YAH? And Your faithfulness [is] around You.

9You [are] ruler over the pride of the sea, || In the lifting up of its billows You restrain them.

10You have bruised Rahab, as one wounded. You have scattered Your enemies with the arm of Your strength.

11The heavens [are] Yours, || The earth [is] also Yours, || The habitable world and its fullness, || You have founded them.

12North and south You have appointed them, || Tabor and Hermon sing in Your Name.

13You have an arm with might, || Strong is Your hand—high Your right hand.

14Righteousness and judgment || [Are] the fixed place of Your throne, || Kindness and truth go before Your face.

15O the blessedness of the people knowing the shout, || O YHWH, they habitually walk in the light of Your face.

16They rejoice in Your Name all the day, || And they are exalted in Your righteousness,

17For You [are] the beauty of their strength, || And in Your good will is our horn exalted,

18For our shield [is] of YHWH, || And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19Then You have spoken in vision, || To Your saint, indeed, || You say, I have placed help on a mighty one, || Exalted a chosen one out of the people,

20I have found My servant David, || With My holy oil I have anointed him.

21With whom My hand is established, || My arm also strengthens him.

22An enemy does not exact on him, || And a son of perverseness does not afflict him.

23And I have beaten down his adversaries before him, || And I plague those hating him,

24And My faithfulness and kindness [are] with him, || And in My Name is his horn exalted.

25And I have set his hand on the sea, || And his right hand on the rivers.

26He proclaims to Me: “You [are] my Father, || My God, and the rock of my salvation.”

27I also appoint him firstborn, || Highest of the kings of the earth.

28For all time I keep for him My kindness, || And My covenant [is] steadfast with him.

29And I have set his seed forever, || And his throne as the days of the heavens.

30If his sons forsake My law, || And do not walk in My judgments;

31If they defile My statutes, || And do not keep My commands,

32I have looked after their transgression with a rod, || And their iniquity with strokes,

33And I do not break My kindness from him, || Nor do I deal falsely in My faithfulness.

34I do not profane My covenant, || And I do not change that which is going forth from My lips.

35Once I have sworn by My holiness, || I do not lie to David,

36His seed is for all time, || And his throne [is] as the sun before Me,

37It is established as the moon for all time, || And the witness in the sky is steadfast. Selah.

38And You, You have cast off, and reject, || You have shown Yourself angry with Your anointed,

39Have rejected the covenant of Your servant, || You have defiled his crown to the earth,

40You have broken down all his hedges, || You have made his fortifications a ruin.

41Everyone passing by the way has spoiled him, || He has been a reproach to his neighbors,

42You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries, || You have caused all his enemies to rejoice.

43Also—You turn back the sharpness of his sword, || And have not established him in battle,

44Have caused [him] to cease from his brightness, || And have cast down his throne to the earth.

45You have shortened the days of his youth, || Have covered him over [with] shame. Selah.

46Until when, O YHWH, are You hidden? Does Your fury burn as fire forever?

47Remember how [short] my lifetime [is]. Why have You created in vain || All the sons of men?

48Who [is] the man that lives, and does not see death? He delivers his soul from the hand of Sheol. Selah.

49Where [are] Your former kindnesses, O Lord, || [Which] You have sworn to David in Your faithfulness?

50Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your servants, || I have borne in my bosom all the strivings of the peoples,

51With which Your enemies reproached, O YHWH, || With which they have reproached || The steps of Your anointed.

52Blessed [is] YHWH for all time. Amen and amen!

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