God's Covenant with David
89 1 An instruction. Of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the loving-kindness of Jehovah for ever; with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness from generation to generation. 2 For I said, Loving-kindness shall be built up for ever; in the very heavens wilt thou establish thy faithfulness. 3 I have made a covenant with mine elect, I have sworn unto David my servant: 4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne from generation to generation. Selah.
5 And the heavens shall celebrate thy wonders, O Jehovah, and thy faithfulness in the congregation of the saints. 6 For who in the heaven can be compared to Jehovah? [who] among the sons of the mighty shall be likened to Jehovah? 7 God is greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, and terrible for all that are round about him. 8 Jehovah, God of hosts, who is like unto thee, the strong Jah? And thy faithfulness is round about thee. 9 Thou rulest the pride of the sea: when its waves arise, thou stillest them. 10 Thou hast crushed Rahab as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with the arm of thy strength. 11 Thine are the heavens, the earth also is thine; the world and its fulness, thou hast founded them. 12 The north and the south, thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon triumph in thy name. 13 Thine is the arm of might: strong is thy hand, high is thy right hand. 14 Righteousness and judgment are the foundation of thy throne; loving-kindness and truth go before thy face.
15 Blessed is the people that know the shout of joy: they walk, O Jehovah, in the light of thy countenance. 16 In thy name are they joyful all the day, and in thy righteousness are they exalted. 17 For thou art the glory of their strength; and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. 18 For Jehovah is our shield, and the Holy One of Israel, our king.
19 Then thou spakest in vision of thy Holy One, and saidst, I have laid help upon a mighty one; 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 With whom my hand shall be established; and mine arm shall strengthen him. 22 No enemy shall exact upon him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him; 23 But I will beat down his adversaries before his face, and will smite them that hate him. 24 And my faithfulness and my loving-kindness shall be with him, and by my name shall his horn be exalted. 25 And I will set his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. 26 He shall call unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation; 27 And as to me, I will make him firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. 28 My loving-kindness will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him; 29 And I will establish his seed for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven. 30 If his sons forsake my law, and walk not in mine ordinances; 31 If they profane my statutes, and keep not my commandments: 32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. 33 Nevertheless my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor belie my faithfulness; 34 My covenant will I not profane, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. 35 Once have I sworn by my holiness; I will not lie unto David: 36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me; 37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and the witness in the sky is firm. Selah.
38 But thou hast rejected and cast off; thou hast been very wroth with thine anointed: 39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant; thou hast profaned his crown to the ground: 40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strongholds to ruin. 41 All that pass by the way plunder him; he is become a reproach to his neighbours. 42 Thou hast exalted the right hand of his oppressors; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice: 43 Yea, thou hast turned back the edge of his sword, and hast not made him stand in the battle. 44 Thou hast made his brightness to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground; 45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened; thou hast covered him with shame. Selah. 46 How long, Jehovah, wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy fury burn like fire? 47 Remember, as regards me, what life is. Wherefore hast thou created all the children of men to be vanity? 48 What man liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah. 49 Where, Lord, are thy former loving-kindnesses, [which] thou swarest unto David in thy faithfulness? 50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants—that I bear in my bosom [that of] all the mighty peoples— 51 Wherewith thine enemies, O Jehovah, have reproached, wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. 52 Blessed be Jehovah for evermore! Amen, and Amen.
God's Eternity and Man's Transitoriness
90 1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, and thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from eternity to eternity thou art God. 3 Thou makest [mortal] man to return to dust, and sayest, Return, children of men. 4 For a thousand years, in thy sight, are as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the night. 5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are [as] a sleep: in the morning they are like grass [that] groweth up: 6 In the morning it flourisheth and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down and withereth.
7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy fury are we troubled. 8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret [sins] in the light of thy countenance. 9 For all our days pass away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a [passing] thought. 10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if, by reason of strength, they be fourscore years, yet their pride is labour and vanity, for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. 11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? and thy wrath according to the fear of thee?
12 So teach [us] to number our days, that we may acquire a wise heart. 13 Return, Jehovah: how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. 14 Satisfy us early with thy loving-kindness; that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad according to the days [wherein] thou hast afflicted us, according to the years [wherein] we have seen evil. 16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy majesty unto their sons. 17 And let the beauty of Jehovah our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us: yea, the work of our hands, establish thou it.
Those Weak in Faith
14 1 Now him that is weak in the faith receive, not to [the] determining of questions of reasoning. 2 One man is assured that he may eat all things; but the weak eats herbs. 3 Let not him that eats make little of him that eats not; and let not him that eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest the servant of another? to his own master he stands or falls. And he shall be made to stand; for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteems day more than day; another esteems every day [alike]. Let each be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regards the day, regards it to [the] Lord. And he that eats, eats to [the] Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that does not eat, [it is] to [the] Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself. 8 For both if we should live, [it is] to the Lord we live; and if we should die, [it is] to the Lord we die: both if we should live then, and if we should die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this [end] Christ has died and lived [again], that he might rule over both dead and living. 10 But thou, why judgest thou thy brother? or again, thou, why dost thou make little of thy brother? for we shall all be placed before the judgment-seat of God. 11 For it is written, I live, saith [the] Lord, that to me shall bow every knee, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then each of us shall give an account concerning himself to God. 13 Let us no longer therefore judge one another; but judge ye this rather, not to put a stumbling-block or a fall-trap before his brother. 14 I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; except to him who reckons anything to be unclean, to that man [it is] unclean. 15 For if on account of meat thy brother is grieved, thou walkest no longer according to love. Destroy not him with thy meat for whom Christ has died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in [the] Holy Spirit. 18 For he that in this serves the Christ [is] acceptable to God and approved of men. 19 So then let us pursue the things which tend to peace, and things whereby one shall build up another. 20 For the sake of meat do not destroy the work of God. All things indeed [are] pure; but [it is] evil to that man who eats while stumbling [in doing so]. 21 [It is] right not to eat meat, nor drink wine, nor [do anything] in which thy brother stumbles, or is offended, or is weak. 22 Hast thou faith? have [it] to thyself before God. Blessed [is] he who does not judge himself in what he allows. 23 But he that doubts, if he eat, is condemned; because [it is] not of faith; but whatever [is] not of faith is sin.