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Psalm 89

A maskil by Ethan the Ezrahite.

I will sing forever about the evidence of your mercy, O Yahweh.
    I will tell about your faithfulness to every generation.
I said, “Your mercy will last forever.
    Your faithfulness stands firm in the heavens.”

You said, “I have made a promise[a] to my chosen one.
    I swore this oath to my servant David:
        ‘I will make your dynasty continue forever.
        I built your throne to last throughout every generation.’” Selah

O Yahweh, the heavens praise your miracles
    and your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
Who in the skies can compare with Yahweh?
    Who among the heavenly beings is like Yahweh?
El is terrifying in the council of the holy ones.
    He is greater and more awe-inspiring than those who surround him.
O Yahweh Elohim Tsebaoth, who is like you?
    Mighty Yah, even your faithfulness surrounds you.
You rule the raging sea.
    When its waves rise, you quiet them.
10 You crushed Rahab;[b] it was like a corpse.
    With your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours.
    The earth is also yours.
    You made the world and everything in it.
12 You created north and south.
    Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon sing your name joyfully.
13 Your arm is mighty.
    Your hand is strong.
    Your right hand is lifted high.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne.
    Mercy and truth stand in front of you.
15 Blessed are the people who know how to praise you.
    They walk in the light of your presence, O Yahweh.
16 They find joy in your name all day long.
    They are joyful in your righteousness
17 because you are the glory of their strength.
    By your favor you give us victory.[c]
18 Our shield belongs to Yahweh.
    Our king belongs to Qedosh Yisrael.

19 Once in a vision you said to your faithful ones:
    “I set a boy above warriors.[d]
    I have raised up one chosen from the people.
20 I found my servant David.
    I anointed him with my holy oil.
21 My hand is ready to help him.
    My arm will also give him strength.
22 No enemy will take him by surprise.
    No wicked person will mistreat him.
23 I will crush his enemies in front of him
    and defeat those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and mercy will be with him,
    and in my name he will be victorious.[e]
25 I will put his left hand on the sea
    and his right hand on the rivers.
26 He will call out to me,
    ‘You are my Ab, my El, and the rock of my salvation.’
27 Yes, I will make him the firstborn.
    He will be the Most High to the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy will stay with him forever.
    My promise to him is unbreakable.
29 I will make his dynasty endure forever
    and his throne like the days of heaven.

30 “If his descendants abandon my teachings
    and do not live by my rules,
31 if they violate my laws
    and do not obey my commandments,
32 then with a rod I will punish their rebellion
    and their crimes with beatings.
33 But I will not take my mercy away from him
    or allow my truth to become a lie.
34 I will not dishonor my promise
    or alter my own agreement.
35 On my holiness I have taken an oath once and for all:
    I will not lie to David.
36 His dynasty will last forever.
    His throne will be in my presence like the sun.
37 Like the moon his throne will stand firm forever.
    It will be like a faithful witness in heaven.”

38 But you have despised, rejected,
    and become angry with your anointed one.
39 You have refused to recognize the promise to your servant
    and have thrown his crown into the dirt.
40 You have broken through all his walls
    and have laid his fortified cities in ruins.
41 (Everyone who passed by robbed him.
    He has become the object of his neighbors’ scorn.)
42 You held the right hand of his enemies high
    and made all of his adversaries rejoice.
43 You even took his sword out of his hand
    and failed to support him in battle.
44 You put an end to his splendor
    and hurled his throne to the ground.
45 You cut short the days of his youth
    and covered him with shame. Selah

46 How long, O Yahweh? Will you hide yourself forever?
    How long will your anger continue to burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my life is!
    Have you created Adam’s descendants for no reason?
48 Can a mortal go on living and never see death?
    Who can set himself free from the power of the grave? Selah
49 Where is the evidence of your mercy, Adonay?
    You swore an oath to David
    on the basis of your faithfulness.

50 Remember, O Yahweh,[f] how your servant[g] has been insulted.
    Remember how I have carried in my heart the insults from so many people.
51 Your enemies insulted me.
    They insulted your Mashiach[h] every step he took.

52 Thank Yahweh forever.
    Amen and amen!


  1. Psalm 89:3 Or “covenant.”
  2. Psalm 89:10 Rahab is the name of a demonic creature who opposes God.
  3. Psalm 89:17 Hebrew meaning of “give us victory” uncertain.
  4. Psalm 89:19 Hebrew meaning of this line uncertain.
  5. Psalm 89:24 Hebrew meaning of “he will be victorious” uncertain.
  6. Psalm 89:50 Many Hebrew manuscripts; other Hebrew manuscripts “Adonay.”
  7. Psalm 89:50 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Greek, Syriac; other Hebrew manuscripts “your servants.”
  8. Psalm 89:51 Or “anointed one.”

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