God's Covenant with David
89 1 My song will be of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make his faith clear to all generations. 2 For you have said, Mercy will be made strong for ever; my faith will be unchanging in the heavens. 3 I have made an agreement with the man of my selection, I have made an oath to David my servant; 4 I will make your seed go on for ever, your kingdom will be strong through all generations. (Selah.)
5 In heaven let them give praise for your wonders, O Lord; and your unchanging faith among the saints. 6 For who is there in the heavens in comparison with the Lord? who is like the Lord among the sons of the gods? 7 God is greatly to be feared among the saints, and to be honoured over all those who are about him. 8 O Lord God of armies, who is strong like you, O Jah? and your unchanging faith is round about you. 9 You have rule over the sea in storm; when its waves are troubled, you make them calm. 10 Rahab was crushed by you like one wounded to death; with your strong arm you put to flight all your haters. 11 Yours are the heavens, and the earth is yours; you have made the world, and everything which is in it. 12 You have made the north and the south; Tabor and Hermon are sounding with joy at your name. 13 Yours is an arm of power; strong is your hand and high your right hand. 14 The seat of your kingdom is resting on righteousness and right judging: mercy and good faith come before your face.
15 Happy are the people who have knowledge of the holy cry: the light of your face, O Lord, will be shining on their way. 16 In your name will they have joy all the day: in your righteousness will they be lifted up. 17 For you are the glory of their strength; in your pleasure will our horn be lifted up. 18 For our breastplate is the Lord; and our king is the Holy One of Israel's.
19 Then your voice came to your holy one in a vision, saying, I have put the crown on a strong one, lifting up one taken from among the people. 20 I have made discovery of David my servant; I have put my holy oil on his head. 21 My hand will be his support; my arm will give him strength. 22 The deceit of those who are against him will not overcome him; he will not be troubled by the sons of evil. 23 I will have those who are against him broken before his face, and his haters will be crushed under my blows. 24 But my faith and my mercy will be with him; and in my name will his horn be lifted up. 25 I will put his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. 26 He will say to me, You are my father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation. 27 And I will make him the first of my sons, most high over the kings of the earth. 28 I will keep my mercy for him for ever; my agreement with him will not be changed. 29 His seed will keep their place for ever; his kingdom will be eternal, like the heavens. 30 If his children give up my law, and are not ruled by my decisions; 31 If my rules are broken, and my orders are not kept; 32 Then I will send punishment on them for their sin; my rod will be the reward of their evil-doing. 33 But I will not take away my mercy from him, and will not be false to my faith. 34 I will be true to my agreement; the things which have gone out of my lips will not be changed. 35 I have made an oath once by my holy name, that I will not be false to David. 36 His seed will not come to an end for ever; the seat of his kingdom will be like the sun before me. 37 It will be fixed for ever like the moon; and the witness in heaven is true. (Selah.)
38 But you have put him away in disgust; you have been angry with the king of your selection. 39 You have made your agreement with your servant of no effect: you have had no respect for his crown, it has come down even to the earth. 40 All his walls are broken down; you have given his strong towers to destruction. 41 All those who come by take away his goods; he is laughed at by his neighbours. 42 You have given power to the right hand of his haters; you have made glad all those who are against him. 43 His sword is turned back; you have not been his support in the fight. 44 You have put an end to his glory: the seat of his kingdom has been levelled to the earth. 45 You have made him old before his time; he is covered with shame. (Selah.) 46 How long, O Lord, will you Keep yourself for ever from our eyes? how long will your wrath be burning like fire? 47 See how short my time is; why have you made all men for no purpose? 48 What man now living will not see death? will he be able to keep back his soul from the underworld? (Selah.) 49 Lord, where are your earlier mercies? where is the oath which you made to David in unchanging faith? 50 Keep in mind, O Lord, the shame of your servants, and how the bitter words of all the people have come into my heart; 51 The bitter words of your haters, O Lord, shaming the footsteps of your king. 52 Let the Lord be praised for ever. So be it, So be it.
A Song of Praise
96 1 O make a new song to the Lord; let all the earth make melody to the Lord. 2 Make songs to the Lord, blessing his name; give the good news of his salvation day by day. 3 Make clear his glory to the nations, and his wonders to all the peoples. 4 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised; he is more to be feared than all other gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are false gods; but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Honour and glory are before him: strong and fair is his holy place. 7 Give to the Lord, O you families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. 8 Give to the Lord the glory of his name; take with you an offering and come into his house. 9 O give worship to the Lord in holy robes; be in fear before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, The Lord is King; yes, the world is ordered so that it may not be moved; he will be an upright judge of the peoples. 11 Let the heavens have joy and the earth be glad; let the sea be thundering with all its waters; 12 Let the field be glad, and everything which is in it; yes, let all the trees of the wood be sounding with joy, 13 Before the Lord, for he is come; he is come to be the judge of the earth; the earth will be judged in righteousness, and the peoples with unchanging faith.
An Exhortation to Thanksgiving
100 1 Make a glad sound to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Give worship to the Lord with joy; come before him with a song. 3 Be certain that the Lord is God; it is he who has made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep to whom he gives food. 4 Come into his doors with joy, and into his house with praise; give him honour, blessing his name. 5 For the Lord is good, and his mercy is never-ending; his faith is unchanging through all generations.
A Pledge to Live Righteously
101 1 I will make a song of mercy and righteousness; to you, O Lord, will I make melody. 2 I will do wisely in the way of righteousness: O when will you come to me? I will be walking in my house with a true heart. 3 I will not put any evil thing before my eyes; I am against all turning to one side; I will not have it near me. 4 The false heart I will send away from me: I will not have an evil-doer for a friend. 5 I will put to death anyone who says evil of his neighbour secretly; the man with a high look and a heart of pride is disgusting to me. 6 My eyes will be on those of good faith in the land, so that they may be living in my house; he who is walking in the right way will be my servant. 7 The worker of deceit will not come into my house; the false man will have no place before my eyes. 8 Morning by morning will I put to death all the sinners in the land, so that all evil-doers may be cut off from Jerusalem.
The LORD's Wonders in Behalf of Israel
105 1 O give praise to the Lord; give honour to his name, talking of his doings among the peoples. 2 Let your voice be sounding in songs and melody; let all your thoughts be of the wonder of his works. 3 Have glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who are searching after the Lord be glad. 4 Let your search be for the Lord and for his strength; let your hearts ever be turned to him. 5 Keep in mind the great works which he has done; his wonders, and the decisions of his mouth; 6 O you seed of Abraham, his servant, you children of Jacob, his loved ones. 7 He is the Lord our God: he is judge of all the earth.
8 He has kept his agreement in mind for ever, the word which he gave for a thousand generations; 9 The agreement which he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac; 10 And he gave it to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an eternal agreement; 11 Saying, To you will I give the land of Canaan, the measured line of your heritage: 12 When they were still small in number, and strange in the land; 13 When they went about from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people. 14 He would not let anyone do them wrong; he even kept back kings because of them, 15 Saying, Put not your hand on those who have been marked with my holy oil, and do my prophets no wrong. 16 And he took away all food from the land, so that the people were without bread. 17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was given as a servant for a price: 18 His feet were fixed in chains; his neck was put in iron bands; 19 Till the time when his word came true; he was tested by the word of the Lord. 20 The king sent men to take off his chains; even the ruler of the people, who let him go free. 21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler over everything he had; 22 To give his chiefs teaching at his pleasure, and so that his law-givers might get wisdom from him. 23 Then Israel came into Egypt, and Jacob was living in the land of Ham. 24 And his people were greatly increased, and became stronger than those who were against them.
25 Their hearts were turned to hate against his people, so that they made secret designs against them. 26 He sent Moses, his servant, and Aaron, the man of his selection. 27 He let his signs be seen among the people, and his wonders in the land of Ham. 28 He sent black night and made it dark; and they did not go against his word. 29 At his word their waters were turned to blood, and he sent death on all their fish. 30 Their land was full of frogs, even in the rooms of the king. 31 He gave the word, and there came the dog-fly, and insects over all the land. 32 He gave them ice for rain, and flaming fire in their land. 33 He gave their vines and their fig-trees to destruction, and the trees of their land were broken down. 34 At his word the locusts came, and young locusts more than might be numbered, 35 And put an end to all the plants of their land, taking all the fruit of the earth for food. 36 He put to death the first child of every family in the land, the first-fruits of their strength. 37 He took his people out with silver and gold: there was not one feeble person among them. 38 Egypt was glad when they went; for the fear of them had come down on them. 39 A cloud was stretched over them for a cover; and he sent fire to give light in the night. 40 At the people's request he sent birds, and gave them the bread of heaven for food. 41 His hand made the rock open, and the waters came streaming out; they went down through the dry places like a river. 42 For he kept in mind his holy word, and Abraham, his servant. 43 And he took his people out with joy, the men of his selection with glad cries: 44 And gave them the lands of the nations; and they took the work of the peoples for a heritage; 45 So that they might keep his orders, and be true to his laws. Give praise to the Lord.
A Prayer for Blessing on the Sanctuary
132 1 Lord, give thought to David, and to all his troubles; 2 How he made an oath to the Lord, and gave his word to the great God of Jacob, saying, 3 Truly, I will not come into my house, or go to my bed, 4 I will not give sleep to my eyes, or rest to my eyeballs, 5 Till I have got a place for the Lord, a resting-place for the great God of Jacob. 6 We had news of it at Ephrathah: we came to it in the fields of the wood. 7 Let us go into his tent; let us give worship at his feet. 8 Come back, O Lord, to your resting-place; you and the ark of your strength. 9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let your saints give cries of joy. 10 Because of your servant David, do not give up your king.
11 The Lord gave a true oath to David, which he will not take back, saying, I will give your kingdom to the fruit of your body. 12 If your children keep my word, and the teachings which I will give them, their children will be rulers of your kingdom for ever. 13 For the Lord's heart is on Zion, desiring it for his resting-place. 14 This is my rest for ever: here will I ever be; for this is my desire. 15 My blessing will be on her food; and her poor will be full of bread. 16 Her priests will be clothed with salvation; and her saints will give cries of joy. 17 There I will make the horn of David fertile: I have made ready a light for my king. 18 His haters will be clothed with shame; but I will make his crown shining.