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Psalm 89:1-18 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Hymn in Time of National Trouble[a]

89 O Lord, I will always sing of your constant love;
    I will proclaim your faithfulness forever.
I know that your love will last for all time,
    that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky.
You said, “I have made a covenant with the man I chose;
    I have promised my servant David,
‘A descendant of yours will always be king;
    I will preserve your dynasty forever.’”

The heavens sing of the wonderful things you do;
    the holy ones sing of your faithfulness, Lord.
No one in heaven is like you, Lord;
    none of the heavenly beings is your equal.
You are feared in the council of the holy ones;
    they all stand in awe of you.

Lord God Almighty, none is as mighty as you;
    in all things you are faithful, O Lord.
You rule over the powerful sea;
    you calm its angry waves.
10 You crushed the monster Rahab[b] and killed it;
    with your mighty strength you defeated your enemies.
11 Heaven is yours, the earth also;
    you made the world and everything in it.
12 You created the north and the south;
    Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon sing to you for joy.
13 How powerful you are!
    How great is your strength!
14 Your kingdom is founded on righteousness and justice;
    love and faithfulness are shown in all you do.

15 How happy are the people who worship you with songs,
    who live in the light of your kindness!
16 Because of you they rejoice all day long,
    and they praise you for your goodness.
17 You give us great victories;
    in your love you make us triumphant.
18 You, O Lord, chose our protector;
    you, the Holy God of Israel, gave us our king.


  1. Psalm 89:1 HEBREW TITLE: A poem by Ethan the Ezrahite.
  2. Psalm 89:10 A legendary sea monster which represented the forces of chaos and evil.
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Psalm 89:1-18 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 89[a]

A maskil[b] of Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
    and make your throne firm through all generations.’”[c]

The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
    your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
    Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
    he is more awesome than all who surround him.
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
    You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

You rule over the surging sea;
    when its waves mount up, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;
    with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
    you founded the world and all that is in it.
12 You created the north and the south;
    Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
13 Your arm is endowed with power;
    your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
    they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
    and by your favor you exalt our horn.[d]
18 Indeed, our shield[e] belongs to the Lord,
    our king to the Holy One of Israel.


  1. Psalm 89:1 In Hebrew texts 89:1-52 is numbered 89:2-53.
  2. Psalm 89:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 89:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 37, 45 and 48.
  4. Psalm 89:17 Horn here symbolizes strong one.
  5. Psalm 89:18 Or sovereign
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