Psalm 89

1 Lord, I will sing for ever of your loving-kindnesses:
    my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness throughout all generations.
2 I have said of your loving-kindness that it is built for ever:
    you have established your faithfulness in the heavens.
3 The Lord said 'I have made a covenant with my chosen:
    I have sworn an oath to my servant David.
4 'I will establish your line for ever:
    and build up your throne for all generations.'
5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord:
    and let your faithfulness be sung in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who amidst the clouds can be compared to the Lord:
    or who is like the Lord amongst the gods?
7 -A God to be feared in the council of the holy ones:
    great and terrible above all that are around him.
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is like you?:
    your power and your faithfulness are all about you.
9 You rule the raging of the sea:
    when its waves surge, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcase:
    you scattered your enemies by your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours, so also is the earth:
    you founded the world and all that is in it.
12 You created the north and the south:
    Tabor and Mount Hermon shall sing of your name.
13 Mighty is your arm:
    strong is your hand, and your right hand is lifted high.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne:
    loving-kindness and faithfulness attend your presence.
15 Happy the people who know the triumphal shout:
    who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.
16 They rejoice all the day long because of your name:
    because of your righteousness they are exalted.
17 For you are their glory and their strength:
    and our heads are uplifted by your favour.
18 Our king belongs to the Lord:
    he that rules over us to the Holy One of Israel.
19 You spoke once in a vision:
    and said to your faithful one,
20 'I have set a youth above a warrior:
    I have exalted a young man out of the people.
21 'I have found my servant David:
    and anointed him with my holy oil.
22 'My hand shall uphold him:
    and my arm shall strengthen him.
23 'No enemy shall deceive him:
    nor shall the wicked hurt him.
24 'I will crush his adversaries before him:
    and strike down those that hate him.
25 'My faithfulness and loving-kindness shall be with him:
    and through my name his head shall be lifted high.
26 'I will set the hand of his dominion upon the Western Sea:
    and his right hand shall stretch to the streams of Mesopotamia.
27 'He will call to me "You are my Father:
    my God, and the Rock of my salvation."
28 'I will make him my first-born son:
    and highest among the kings of the earth.
29 'I will ever maintain my loving-kindness toward him:
    and my covenant with him shall stand firm.
30 'I will establish his line for ever:
    and his throne like the days of heaven.
31 'If his children forsake my law:
    and will not walk in my judgements;
32 'If they profane my statutes:
    and do not keep my commandments,
33 'Then I will punish their rebellion with the rod:
    and their iniquity with blows.
34 'But I will not cause my loving-kindness to cease from him:
    nor will I betray my faithfulness.
35 'I will not profane my covenant:
    or alter what has passed from my lips.
36 'Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness:
    I will not prove false to David.
37 'His posterity shall endure for ever:
    and his throne be as the sun before me;
38 'Like the moon that is established for ever:
    and stands in the heavens for evermore.'
39 Yet you have been enraged against your anointed:
    you have abhorred him and rejected him.
40 You have spurned the covenant with your servant:
    and defiled his crown to the dust.
41 You have broken down all his walls:
    and made his strongholds desolate.
42 All that pass by plunder him:
    he has become the scorn of his neighbours.
43 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries:
    and gladdened all his enemies.
44 His bright sword you have turned backward:
    you have not enabled him to stand in the battle.
45 You have brought his lustre to an end:
    you have cast his throne to the ground.
46 You have cut short the days of his youth:
    and clothed him with dishonour.
47 How long, O Lord, will you hide yourself so utterly:
    how long shall your fury burn like fire?
48 Remember how I draw to my eternal end:
    did you create the children of Adam for nothing?
49 Where are they that can live and not see death:
    that can deliver their life from the power of the grave?
50 Where, O Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old:
    which you have vowed to David in your faithfulness?
51 Remember, O Lord, how your servant is reviled:
    how I bear in my bosom the onslaught of the peoples;
52 Remember how your enemies taunt:
    how they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
53 Blessed be the Lord for ever:
    Amen and Amen.