A Prayer for God's Continued Mercy
86 1 A Prayer of David. Incline, O Jehovah, Thine ear, Answer me, for I 'am' poor and needy. 2 Keep my soul, for I 'am' pious, Save Thy servant—who is trusting to Thee, O Thou, my God. 3 Favour me, O Lord, for to Thee I call all the day. 4 Rejoice the soul of Thy servant, For unto Thee, O Lord, my soul I lift up. 5 For Thou, Lord, 'art' good and forgiving. And abundant in kindness to all calling Thee. 6 Hear, O Jehovah, my prayer, And attend to the voice of my supplications. 7 In a day of my distress I call Thee, For Thou dost answer me.
8 There is none like Thee among the gods, O Lord, And like Thy works there are none. 9 All nations that Thou hast made Come and bow themselves before Thee, O Lord, And give honour to Thy name. 10 For great 'art' Thou, and doing wonders, Thou 'art' God Thyself alone. 11 Show me, O Jehovah, Thy way, I walk in Thy truth, My heart doth rejoice to fear Thy name. 12 I confess Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I honour Thy name to the age. 13 For Thy kindness 'is' great toward me, And Thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol. 14 O God, the proud have risen up against me, And a company of the terrible sought my soul, And have not placed Thee before them, 15 And Thou, O Lord, 'art' God, merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth. 16 Look unto me, and favour me, Give Thy strength to Thy servant, And give salvation to a son of Thine handmaid. 17 Do with me a sign for good, And those hating me see and are ashamed, For Thou, O Jehovah, hast helped me, Yea, Thou hast comforted me!
The Privileges of Dwelling in Zion
4 I mention Rahab and Babel to those knowing Me, Lo, Philistia, and Tyre, with Cush! This 'one' was born there. 5 And of Zion it is said: Each one was born in her, And He, the Most High, doth establish her. 6 Jehovah doth recount in the describing of the peoples, 'This 'one' was born there.' Selah. 7 Singers also as players on instruments, All my fountains 'are' in Thee!
A Prayer for Deliverance from Death
88 1 O Jehovah, God of my salvation, Daily I have cried, nightly before Thee, 2 My prayer cometh in before Thee, Incline Thine ear to my loud cry, 3 For my soul hath been full of evils, And my life hath come to Sheol. 4 I have been reckoned with those going down 'to' the pit, I have been as a man without strength. 5 Among the dead—free, As pierced ones lying in the grave, Whom Thou hast not remembered any more, Yea, they by Thy hand have been cut off. 6 Thou hast put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in depths. 7 Upon me hath Thy fury lain, And 'with' all Thy breakers Thou hast afflicted. Selah. 8 Thou hast put mine acquaintance far from me, Thou hast made me an abomination to them, Shut up—I go not forth. 9 Mine eye hath grieved because of affliction, I called Thee, O Jehovah, all the day, I have spread out unto Thee my hands.
10 To the dead dost Thou do wonders? Do Rephaim rise? do they thank Thee? Selah. 11 Is Thy kindness recounted in the grave? Thy faithfulness in destruction? 12 Are Thy wonders known in the darkness? And Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? 13 And I, unto Thee, O Jehovah, I have cried, And in the morning doth my prayer come before Thee. 14 Why, O Jehovah, castest Thou off my soul? Thou hidest Thy face from me. 15 I 'am' afflicted, and expiring from youth, I have borne Thy terrors—I pine away. 16 Over me hath Thy wrath passed, Thy terrors have cut me off, 17 They have surrounded me as waters all the day, They have gone round against me together, 18 Thou hast put far from me lover and friend, Mine acquaintance 'is' the place of darkness!
God's Covenant with David
89 1 An instruction, by Ethan the Ezrahite. Of the kind acts of Jehovah, to the age I sing, To all generations I make known Thy faithfulness with my mouth, 2 For I said, 'To the age is kindness built, The heavens! Thou dost establish Thy faithfulness in them.' 3 I have made a covenant for My chosen, I have sworn to David My servant: 4 'Even to the age do I establish thy seed, And have built to generation and generation thy throne. Selah.
5 and the heavens confess Thy wonders, O Jehovah, Thy faithfulness also 'is' in an assembly of holy ones. 6 For who in the sky, Compareth himself to Jehovah? Is like to Jehovah among sons of the mighty? 7 God is very terrible, In the secret counsel of His holy ones, And fearful over all surrounding Him. 8 O Jehovah, God of Hosts, Who 'is' like Thee—a strong Jah? And Thy faithfulness 'is' round about Thee. 9 Thou 'art' ruler over the pride of the sea, In the lifting up of its billows Thou dost restrain them. 10 Thou hast bruised Rahab, as one wounded. With the arm of Thy strength Thou hast scattered Thine enemies. 11 Thine 'are' the heavens—the earth also 'is' Thine, The habitable world and its fulness, Thou hast founded them. 12 North and south Thou hast appointed them, Tabor and Hermon in Thy name do sing. 13 Thou hast an arm with might, Strong is Thy hand—high Thy right hand. 14 Righteousness and judgment 'Are' the fixed place of Thy throne, Kindness and truth go before Thy face.
15 O the happiness of the people knowing the shout, O Jehovah, in the light of Thy face they walk habitually. 16 In Thy name they rejoice all the day, And in Thy righteousness they are exalted, 17 For the beauty of their strength 'art' Thou, And in Thy good will is our horn exalted, 18 For of Jehovah 'is' our shield, And of the Holy One of Israel our king.
19 Then Thou hast spoken in vision, To Thy saint, yea, Thou sayest, I have placed help upon a mighty one, Exalted a chosen one out of the people, 20 I have found David My servant, With My holy oil I have anointed him. 21 With whom My hand is established, My arm also doth strengthen him. 22 An enemy exacteth not upon him, And a son of perverseness afflicteth him not. 23 And I have beaten down before him his adversaries, And those hating him I plague, 24 And My faithfulness and kindness 'are' with him, And in My name is his horn exalted. 25 And I have set on the sea his hand, And on the rivers his right hand. 26 He proclaimeth me: 'Thou 'art' my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.' 27 I also first-born do appoint him, Highest of the kings of the earth. 28 To the age I keep for him My kindness, And My covenant 'is' stedfast with him. 29 And I have set his seed for ever, And his throne as the days of the heavens. 30 If his sons forsake My law, And in My judgments do not walk; 31 If My statutes they pollute, And My commands do not keep, 32 I have looked after with a rod their transgression, And with strokes their iniquity, 33 And My kindness I break not from him, Nor do I deal falsely in My faithfulness. 34 I profane not My covenant, And that which is going forth from My lips I change not. 35 Once I have sworn by My holiness, I lie not to David, 36 His seed is to the age, And his throne 'is' as the sun before Me, 37 As the moon it is established—to the age, And the witness in the sky is stedfast. Selah.
38 And Thou, Thou hast cast off, and dost reject, Thou hast shown Thyself wroth With Thine anointed, 39 Hast rejected the covenant of Thy servant, Thou hast polluted to the earth his crown, 40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges, Thou hast made his fenced places a ruin. 41 Spoiled him have all passing by the way, He hath been a reproach to his neighbours, 42 Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries, Thou hast caused all his enemies to rejoice. 43 Also—Thou turnest back the sharpness of his sword, And hast not established him in battle, 44 Hast caused 'him' to cease from his brightness, And his throne to the earth hast cast down. 45 Thou hast shortened the days of his youth, Hast covered him over 'with' shame. Selah. 46 Till when, O Jehovah, art Thou hidden? For ever doth Thy fury burn as fire? 47 Remember, I pray Thee, what 'is' life-time? Wherefore in vain hast Thou created All the sons of men? 48 Who 'is' the man that liveth, and doth not see death? He delivereth his soul from the hand of Sheol. Selah. 49 Where 'are' Thy former kindnesses, O Lord. Thou hast sworn to David in Thy faithfulness, 50 Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Thy servants, I have borne in my bosom all the strivings of the peoples, 51 Wherewith Thine enemies reproached, O Jehovah, Wherewith they have reproached The steps of Thine anointed. 52 Blessed 'is' Jehovah to the age. Amen, and amen!