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.