The Lord’s Covenant with David and Israel’s Afflictions.
A Possibly, Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful PsalmMaskil of 1 Kin 4:31Ethan Ps 88: titlethe Ezrahite.
1I will sing of the graciousness of the Lord forever;
To all generations I will make Your faithfulness known with my mouth.
2For I have said, “Graciousness will be built up forever;
In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.”
3“I have made a covenant with My chosen;
I have sworn to My servant David,
4I will establish your Lit seeddescendants forever
And build up your throne to all generations.” Selah
5The heavens will praise Your wonders, Lord;
Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.
6For who in the skies is comparable to the Lord?
Who among the Or sons of godssons of the mighty is like the Lord,
7A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
And awesome above all those who are around Him?
8Lord God of armies, who is like You, mighty Heb YahLord?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
9You rule the surging of the sea;
When its waves rise, You calm them.
10You Yourself crushed I.e., Egypt, as a sea monster; not to be confused with Rahab in Joshua 2Rahab like one who is slain;
You scattered Your enemies with Lit the arm of Your mightYour mighty arm.
11The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and Lit its fullnessall it contains, You have established them.
12The north and the south, You have created them;
Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.
13You have Lit an arm with strengtha strong arm;
Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.
14Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Mercy and Or faithfulnesstruth go before You.
15Blessed are the people who know the Or blast of the trumpet, shout of joyjoyful sound!
Lord, they walk in the light of Your face.
16In Your name they rejoice all the day,
And by Your righteousness they are exalted.
17For You are the glory of their strength,
And by Your favor Another reading is You exalt our hornour horn is exalted.
18For our shield belongs to the Lord,
Or Even to the Holy One of Israel our King And our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19 Or At that time Once You spoke in vision to Your godly Some mss oneones,
And said, “I have Lit placed help upongiven help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20I have found My servant David;
With My holy oil I have anointed him,
21With whom My hand will be established;
My arm also will strengthen him.
22The enemy will not Or exact usury from himdeceive him,
Nor will the Or wicked manson of wickedness afflict him.
23But I will crush his adversaries before him,
And strike those who hate him.
24My faithfulness and My favor will be with him,
And in My name his horn will be exalted.
25I will also place his hand on the sea,
And his right hand on the rivers.
26He will call to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’
27I will also make him My firstborn,
The highest of the kings of the earth.
28I will maintain My favor for him forever,
And My covenant shall be confirmed to him.
29So I will establish his Lit seeddescendants forever,
And his throne as the days of heaven.
30“If his sons abandon My Law
And do not walk in My judgments,
31If they Lit profaneviolate My statutes
And do not keep My commandments,
32Then I will punish their wrongdoing with the rod,
And their guilt with Or plaguesafflictions.
33But I will not Lit breakwithhold My favor from him,
Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.
34I will not Lit profaneviolate My covenant,
Nor will I alter Lit that which goes forththe utterance of My lips.
35 Or One thing Once I have sworn by My holiness;
I will not lie to David.
36His Lit seeddescendants shall endure forever,
And his throne as the sun before Me.
37It shall be established forever like the moon,
And a witness in the sky is faithful.” Selah
38But You have rejected and refused,
You have been full of wrath Lit withagainst Your anointed.
39You have I.e., scornfully rejectedrepudiated the covenant of Your servant;
You have profaned his crown Lit to the groundin the dust.
40You have broken down all his walls;
You have brought his strongholds to ruin.
41All who pass along the way plunder him;
He has become a disgrace to his neighbors.
42You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries;
You have made all his enemies rejoice.
43You also turn back the edge of his sword,
And have not made him stand in battle.
44You have put an end to his Lit clearness, lustersplendor
And cast his throne to the ground.
45You have shortened the days of his youth;
You have covered him with shame. Selah
46How long, Lord?
Will You hide Yourself forever?
Will Your wrath burn like fire?
47Remember Lit of what duration I amwhat my lifespan is;
For what futility Or have You...mankind?You have created all the sons of mankind!
48What man can live and not see death?
Can he save his soul from the Lit handpower of I.e., the netherworldSheol? Selah
49Where are Your former acts of favor, Lord,
Which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?
50Remember, Lord, the taunt against Your servants;
Lit My bearing in my chest How I carry in my heart the taunts of all the many peoples,
51With which Your enemies have taunted, Lord,
With which they have taunted the footsteps of Your anointed.
52Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.
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