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Psalm 89 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:1 - A Maskil[fn] of Ethan the Ezrahite.
I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:2 - For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:3 - You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:4 - ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:5 - Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:6 - For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings[fn] is like the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:7 - a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:8 - O LORD God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
with your faithfulness all around you?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:9 - You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:10 - You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:11 - The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:12 - The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:13 - You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:14 - Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:15 - Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:16 - who exult in your name all the day
and in your righteousness are exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:17 - For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:18 - For our shield belongs to the LORD,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:19 - Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one,[fn] and said:
“I have granted help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:20 - I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:21 - so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:22 - The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:23 - I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:24 - My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:25 - I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:26 - He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:27 - And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:28 - My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
and my covenant will stand firm[fn] for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:29 - I will establish his offspring forever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:30 - If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my rules,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:31 - if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:32 - then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with stripes,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:33 - but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
or be false to my faithfulness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:34 - I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:35 - Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:36 - His offspring shall endure forever,
his throne as long as the sun before me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:37 - Like the moon it shall be established forever,
a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:38 - But now you have cast off and rejected;
you are full of wrath against your anointed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:39 - You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
you have defiled his crown in the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:40 - You have breached all his walls;
you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:41 - All who pass by plunder him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:42 - You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:43 - You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
and you have not made him stand in battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:44 - You have made his splendor to cease
and cast his throne to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:45 - You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:46 - How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:47 - Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:48 - What man can live and never see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:49 - Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:50 - Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
and how I bear in my heart the insults[fn] of all the many nations,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:51 - with which your enemies mock, O LORD,
with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 89:52 - Blessed be the LORD forever!
Amen and Amen.
ESV Footnotes
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Hebrew the sons of God, or the sons of might
Some Hebrew manuscripts godly ones
Or will remain faithful
Or my just decrees
Hebrew lacks the insults

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