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!