Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; :
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; :
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
"I have made a covenant with my chosen one; :
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
'I will establish your line for ever, :
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, :
and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? :
who is like the LORD among the gods?
God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, :
great and terrible to all those round about him.
Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? :
O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
You rule the raging of the sea :
and still the surging of its waves.
You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; :
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; :
you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
You have made the north and the south; :
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
You have a mighty arm; :
strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; :
love and truth go before your face.
Happy are the people who know the festal shout! :
they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
They rejoice daily in your Name; :
they are jubilant in your righteousness.
For you are the glory of their strength, :
and by your favour our might is exalted.
Truly, the LORD is our ruler; :
The Holy One of Israel is our King.
Psalm 89, Part II Tunc locutus es
You spoke once in vision and said to your faithful people: :
"I have set the crown upon a warrior
and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
I have found David my servant; :
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
My hand will hold him fast :
and my arm will make him strong.
No enemy shall deceive him, :
nor any wicked man bring him down.
I will crush his foes before him :
and strike down those who hate him.
My faithfulness and love shall be with him, :
and he shall be victorious through my Name.
I shall make his dominion extend :
from the Great Sea to the River.
He will say to me, 'You are my Father, :
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
I will make him my firstborn :
and higher than the kings of the earth.
I will keep my love for him for ever, :
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
I will establish his line for ever :
and his throne as the days of heaven."
"If his children forsake my law :
and do not walk according to my judgments;
If they break my statutes :
and do not keep my commandments;
I will punish their transgressions with a rod :
and their iniquities with the lash;
But I will not take my love from him, :
nor let my faithfulness prove false.
I will not break my covenant, :
nor change what has gone out of my lips.
Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: :
'I will not lie to David.
His line shall endure for ever :
and his throne as the sun before me;
It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, :
the abiding witness in the sky.'"
But you have cast off and rejected your anointed; :
you have become enraged at him.
You have broken your covenant with your servant, :
defiled his crown, and hurled it to the ground.
You have breached all his walls :
and laid his strongholds in ruins.
All who pass by despoil him; :
he has become the scorn of his neighbours.
You have exalted the right hand of his foes :
and made all his enemies rejoice.
You have turned back the edge of his sword :
and have not sustained him in battle.
You have put an end to his splendour :
and cast his throne to the ground.
You have cut short the days of his youth :
and have covered him with shame.
How long will you hide yourself, O LORD?
will you hide yourself for ever? :
how long will your anger burn like fire?
Remember, LORD, how short life is, :
how frail you have made all flesh.
Who can live and not see death? :
who can save himself from the power of the grave?
Where, Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old, :
which you promised David in your faithfulness?
Remember, Lord, how your servant is mocked, :
how I carry in my bosom the taunts of many peoples,
The taunts your enemies have hurled, O LORD, :
which they hurled at the heels of your anointed.
Blessed be the LORD for evermore! :
Amen, I say, Amen