God's Covenant with David

891 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!

A Song of Praise

961 Sing to Jehovah a new song, Sing to Jehovah all the earth. 2 Sing to Jehovah, bless His name, Proclaim from day to day His salvation. 3 Declare among nations His honour, Among all the peoples His wonders. 4 For great 'is' Jehovah, and praised greatly, Fearful He 'is' over all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples 'are' nought, And Jehovah made the heavens. 6 Honour and majesty 'are' before Him, Strength and beauty in His sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to Jehovah, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to Jehovah honour and strength. 8 Ascribe to Jehovah the honour of His name, Lift up a present and come in to His courts. 9 Bow yourselves to Jehovah, In the honour of holiness, Be afraid of His presence, all the earth.

10 Say among nations, 'Jehovah hath reigned, Also—established is the world, unmoved, He judgeth the peoples in uprightness.' 11 The heavens joy, and the earth is joyful, The sea and its fulness roar. 12 The field exulteth, and all that 'is' in it, Then sing do all trees of the forest, 13 Before Jehovah, for He hath come, For He hath come to judge the earth. He judgeth the world in righteousness, And the peoples in His faithfulness!

An Exhortation to Thanksgiving

1001 Shout to Jehovah, all the earth. 2 Serve Jehovah with joy, come before him with singing. 3 Know that Jehovah He 'is' God, He made us, and we are His, His people—and the flock of His pasture. 4 Enter ye His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise, Give ye thanks to Him, bless ye His Name. 5 For good 'is' Jehovah, to the age His kindness, And to generation and generation His faithfulness!

A Pledge to Live Righteously

1011 Kindness and judgment I sing, To Thee, O Jehovah, I sing praise. 2 I act wisely in a perfect way, When dost Thou come in unto me? I walk habitually in the integrity of my heart, In the midst of my house. 3 I set not before mine eyes a worthless thing, The work of those turning aside I have hated, It adhereth not to me. 4 A perverse heart turneth aside from me, Wickedness I know not. 5 Whoso slandereth in secret his neighbour, Him I cut off, The high of eyes and proud of heart, him I endure not. 6 Mine eyes are on the faithful of the land, To dwell with me, Whoso is walking in a perfect way, he serveth me. 7 He dwelleth not in my house who is working deceit, Whoso is speaking lies Is not established before mine eyes. 8 At morning I cut off all the wicked of the land, To cut off from the city of Jehovah All the workers of iniquity!

The LORD's Wonders in Behalf of Israel

1051 Give ye thanks to Jehovah—call ye in His name, Make known among the peoples His acts. 2 Sing ye to Him—sing praise to Him, Meditate ye on all His wonders. 3 Boast yourselves in His Holy Name, The heart of those seeking Jehovah rejoiceth. 4 Seek ye Jehovah and His strength, Seek ye His face continually. 5 Remember His wonders that He did, His signs and the judgments of His mouth. 6 O seed of Abraham, His servant, O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones. 7 He 'is' Jehovah our God, In all the earth 'are' His judgments.

8 He hath remembered to the age His covenant, The word He commanded to a thousand generations, 9 That He hath made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac, 10 And doth establish it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel—a covenant age-during, 11 Saying, 'To thee I give the land of Canaan, The portion of your inheritance,' 12 In their being few in number, But a few, and sojourners in it. 13 And they go up and down, from nation unto nation, From a kingdom unto another people. 14 He hath not suffered any to oppress them And He reproveth for their sakes kings. 15 'Strike not against Mine anointed, And to My prophets do not evil.' 16 And He calleth a famine on the land, The whole staff of bread He hath broken. 17 He hath sent before them a man, For a servant hath Joseph been sold. 18 They have afflicted with fetters his feet, Iron hath entered his soul, 19 Till the time of the coming of His word The saying of Jehovah hath tried him. 20 The king hath sent, and looseth him, The ruler of the peoples, and draweth him out. 21 He hath made him lord of his house, And ruler over all his possessions. 22 To bind his chiefs at his pleasure, And his elders he maketh wise. 23 And Israel cometh in to Egypt, And Jacob hath sojourned in the land of Ham. 24 And He maketh His people very fruitful, And maketh it mightier than its adversaries.

25 He turned their heart to hate His people, To conspire against His servants. 26 He hath sent Moses His servant, Aaron whom He had fixed on. 27 They have set among them the matters of His signs, And wonders in the land of Ham. 28 He hath sent darkness, and it is dark, And they have not provoked His word. 29 He hath turned their waters to blood, And putteth to death their fish. 30 Teemed hath their land 'with' frogs, In the inner chambers of their kings. 31 He hath said, and the beetle cometh, Lice into all their border. 32 He hath made their showers hail, A flaming fire 'is' in their land. 33 And He smiteth their vine and their fig, And shivereth the trees of their border. 34 He hath said, and the locust cometh, And the cankerworm—innumerable, 35 And it consumeth every herb in their land, And it consumeth the fruit of their ground. 36 And He smiteth every first-born in their land, The first-fruit of all their strength, 37 And bringeth them out with silver and gold, And there is not in its tribes a feeble one. 38 Rejoiced hath Egypt in their going forth, For their fear had fallen upon them. 39 He hath spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to enlighten the night. 40 They have asked, and He bringeth quails, And 'with' bread of heaven satisfieth them. 41 He hath opened a rock, and waters issue, They have gone on in dry places—a river. 42 For He hath remembered His holy word, With Abraham His servant, 43 And He bringeth forth His people with joy, With singing His chosen ones. 44 And He giveth to them the lands of nations, And the labour of peoples they possess, 45 That they may observe His statutes, And His laws may keep. Praise ye Jehovah!

A Prayer for Blessing on the Sanctuary

1321 A Song of the Ascents. Remember, Jehovah, for David, all his afflictions. 2 Who hath sworn to Jehovah. He hath vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 'If I enter into the tent of my house, If I go up on the couch of my bed, 4 If I give sleep to mine eyes, To mine eyelids—slumber, 5 Till I do find a place for Jehovah, Tabernacles for the Mighty One of Jacob. 6 'Lo, we have heard it in Ephratah, We have found it in the fields of the forest. 7 We come in to His tabernacles, We bow ourselves at His footstool. 8 Arise, O Jehovah, to Thy rest, Thou, and the ark of Thy strength, 9 Thy priests do put on righteousness, And Thy pious ones cry aloud. 10 For the sake of David Thy servant, Turn not back the face of Thine anointed.

11 Jehovah hath sworn truth to David, He turneth not back from it: Of the fruit of thy body, I set on the throne for thee. 12 If thy sons keep My covenant, And My testimonies that I teach them, Their sons also for ever and ever, Do sit on the throne for thee. 13 For Jehovah hath fixed on Zion, He hath desired 'it' for a seat to Himself, 14 This 'is' My rest for ever and ever, Here do I sit, for I have desired it. 15 Her provision I greatly bless, Her needy ones I satisfy 'with' bread, 16 And her priests I clothe 'with' salvation, And her pious ones do sing aloud. 17 There I cause to spring up a horn for David, I have arranged a lamp for Mine anointed. 18 His enemies I do clothe 'with' shame, And upon him doth his crown flourish!