1 My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord;*
with my mouth will I ever be proclaiming your faithfulness, from one generation to another.
2 For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up for ever;*
your faithfulness shall be established in the heavens."
3 I have made a covenant with my chosen one;*
I have sworn to David my servant:
4 "Your seed will I establish for ever,*
and set up your throne from one generation to another."
5 O Lord, the heavens will praise your wondrous works*
and your faithfulness in the assembly of the saints.
6 For who in the clouds can be compared unto the Lord?*
And who among the gods is like unto the Lord?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the council of the saints,*
and to be held in reverence by all those who are round about him.
8 O Lord God of hosts, who is like you?*
Your faithfulness, most mighty Lord, is round about you.
9 You rule the raging of the sea;*
you still the waves when they arise.
10 You have subdued Rahab of the deep, and destroyed her;*
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;*
you laid the foundation of the world, and all that is in it.
12 You have made the north and the south;*
Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in your Name.
13 You have a mighty arm;*
strong is your hand, and high is your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;*
mercy and truth shall go before your face.
15 Blessed are the people, O Lord, who rejoice in you;*
they shall walk in the light of your countenance.
16 Their delight shall be in your Name all the day long,*
and in your righteousness shall they make their boast.
17 For you are the glory of their strength,*
and by your favor you shall lift up our might.
18 For the Lord is our defense;*
the Holy One of Israel is our King.
19 You spoke in a vision to your saints, and said,*
"I have set the crown upon one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 I have found David my servant;*
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21 My hand shall hold him fast,*
and my arm shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not be able to do him violence;*
the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
23 I will smite his foes before his face*
and strike down those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him,*
and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will give him dominion over the sea,*
and with his right hand shall he rule the rivers.
26 He shall say to me, "You are my Father,*
my God, and the rock of my salvation."
27 And I will make him my firstborn,*
higher than the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy will I keep for him for ever,*
and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
29 His seed will I make to endure for ever*
and his throne as the days of heaven.
30 But if his children forsake my law,*
and do not walk in my judgments,
31 If they break my statutes and do not keep my commandments,*
I will punish their offenses with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
32 Nevertheless, my loving-kindness I will not utterly take from him,*
nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
33 My covenant I will not break,*
nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.
34 I have sworn once by my holiness*
that I will not fail David.
35 His seed shall endure for ever*
and his throne as the sun before me.
36 It shall endure for evermore as the moon,*
and as the faithful witness in the heavens.
37 But you have rejected and forsaken your Anointed;*
you are full of wrath against him.
38 You have broken the covenant with your servant;*
you have defiled his crown and cast it to the ground.
39 You have overthrown all his walls*
and broken down his strongholds.
40 All those who go by plunder him,*
and he has become a reproach to his neighbors.
41 You have exalted the right hand of his enemies,*
and made all his adversaries rejoice.
42 You have turned back the edge of his sword*
and have not given him victory in the battle.
43 You have taken away his glory*
and cast his throne down to the ground.
44 The days of his youth you have shortened*
and covered him with dishonor.
45 Lord, how long will you utterly hide yourself?*
How long shall your wrath burn like fire?
46 O remember how short my time is;*
why have you made all people for nought?
47 What man is there who lives and shall not see death,*
and shall deliver his soul from the power of the Grave?
48 Lord, where are your loving-kindnesses of old,*
which you swore to David in your faithfulness?
49 Remember, Lord, how your servants are reproached,*
and how I bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
50 Remember how your enemies have reproached you, O Lord,*
how they have called after your Anointed King with cries of scorn.
51 Praised be the Lord for evermore.*
Amen and Amen.
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