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.
A Song of Praise
96 1 Sing ye unto Jehovah a new song: sing unto Jehovah, all the earth. 2 Sing unto Jehovah, bless his name; publish his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all the peoples. 4 For Jehovah is great and exceedingly to be praised; he is terrible above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols; but Jehovah made the heavens. 6 Majesty and splendour are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 7 Give unto Jehovah, ye families of peoples, give unto Jehovah glory and strength; 8 Give unto Jehovah the glory of his name; bring an oblation and come into his courts; 9 Worship Jehovah in holy splendour; tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, Jehovah reigneth! yea, the world is established, it shall not be moved; he will execute judgment upon the peoples with equity. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; 12 Let the field exult and all that is therein. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy, 13 Before Jehovah, for he cometh; for he cometh to judge the earth: he will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.
An Exhortation to Thanksgiving
100 1 Shout aloud unto Jehovah, all the earth! 2 Serve Jehovah with joy: come before his presence with exultation. 3 Know that Jehovah is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving [and] into his courts with praise; give thanks unto him, bless his name: 5 For Jehovah is good; his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; and his faithfulness from generation to generation.
A Pledge to Live Righteously
101 1 I will sing of loving-kindness and judgment: unto thee, Jehovah, will I sing psalms. 2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. When wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. 3 I will set no thing of Belial before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know evil. 5 Whoso secretly slandereth his neighbour, him will I destroy; him that hath a high look and a proud heart will I not suffer. 6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. 7 He that practiseth deceit shall not dwell within my house; he that speaketh falsehoods shall not subsist in my sight. 8 Every morning will I destroy all the wicked of the land: to cut off all workers of iniquity from the city of Jehovah.
The LORD's Wonders in Behalf of Israel
105 1 Give ye thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name; make known his acts among the peoples. 2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him; meditate upon all his wondrous works. 3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek Jehovah. 4 Seek Jehovah and his strength, seek his face continually; 5 Remember his wondrous works which he hath done, his miracles and the judgments of his mouth: 6 Ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye sons of Jacob, his chosen ones. 7 He, Jehovah, is our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He is ever mindful of his covenant,—the word which he commanded to a thousand generations,— 9 Which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; 10 And he confirmed it unto Jacob for a statute, unto Israel for an everlasting covenant, 11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; 12 When they were a few men in number, of small account, and strangers in it. 13 And they went from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people. 14 He suffered no man to oppress them, and reproved kings for their sakes, 15 [Saying,] Touch not mine anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm. 16 And he called for a famine upon the land; he broke the whole staff of bread. 17 He sent a man before them: Joseph was sold for a bondman. 18 They afflicted his feet with fetters; his soul came into irons; 19 Until the time when what he said came about: the word of Jehovah tried him. 20 The king sent and loosed him—the ruler of peoples—and let him go free. 21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler over all his possessions: 22 To bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom. 23 And Israel came into Egypt, and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. 24 And he made his people exceeding fruitful, and made them mightier than their oppressors.
25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants. 26 He sent Moses his servant, [and] Aaron whom he had chosen: 27 They set his signs among them, and miracles in the land of Ham. 28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word. 29 He turned their waters into blood, and caused their fish to die. 30 Their land swarmed with frogs,—in the chambers of their kings. 31 He spoke, and there came dog-flies, [and] gnats in all their borders. 32 He gave them hail for rain, [and] flaming fire in their land; 33 And he smote their vines and their fig-trees, and broke the trees of their borders. 34 He spoke, and the locust came, and the cankerworm, even without number; 35 And they devoured every herb in their land, and ate up the fruit of their ground. 36 And he smote every firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their vigour. 37 And he brought them forth with silver and gold; and there was not one feeble among their tribes. 38 Egypt rejoiced at their departure; for the fear of them had fallen upon them. 39 He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light in the night. 40 They asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. 41 He opened the rock, and waters gushed forth; they ran in the dry places [like] a river. 42 For he remembered his holy word, [and] Abraham his servant; 43 And he brought forth his people with gladness, his chosen with rejoicing; 44 And he gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the labour of the peoples: 45 That they might keep his statutes, and observe his laws. Hallelujah!
A Prayer for Blessing on the Sanctuary
132 1 Jehovah, remember for David all his affliction; 2 How he swore unto Jehovah, vowed unto the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 I will not come into the tent of my house, I will not go up to the couch of my bed; 4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, slumber to mine eyelids, 5 Until I find out a place for Jehovah, habitations for the Mighty One of Jacob. ... 6 Behold, we heard of it at Ephratah, we found it in the fields of the wood. 7 Let us go into his habitations, let us worship at his footstool. 8 Arise, Jehovah, into thy rest, thou and the ark of thy strength. 9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let thy saints shout for joy. 10 For thy servant David's sake, turn not away the face of thine anointed.
11 Jehovah hath sworn [in] truth unto David; he will not turn from it: Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne; 12 If thy children keep my covenant, and my testimonies which I will teach them, their children also for evermore shall sit upon thy throne. 13 For Jehovah hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his dwelling: 14 This is my rest for ever; here will I dwell, for I have desired it. 15 I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy ones with bread; 16 And I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. 17 There will I cause the horn of David to bud forth; I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. 18 His enemies will I clothe with shame; but upon himself shall his crown flourish.