Great Is Your Steadfast Love

(A)A Prayer of David.

86 (B)Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am (C)poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am (D)godly;
    save your servant, who (E)trusts in you—you are my God.
(F)Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for (G)to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and (H)forgiving,
    (I)abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
(J)Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
In (K)the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    (L)for you answer me.

There is (M)none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    (N)nor are there any works like yours.
(O)All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For (P)you are great and (Q)do wondrous things;
    (R)you alone are God.
11 (S)Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may (T)walk in your truth;
    (U)unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 (V)For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have (W)delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have (X)risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God (Y)merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 (Z)Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to (AA)your servant,
    and save (AB)the son of your maidservant.
17 (AC)Show me a sign of your (AD)favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Glorious Things of You Are Spoken

A Psalm of (AE)the Sons of Korah. A Song.

87 On (AF)the holy mount (AG)stands the city he founded;
    the Lord (AH)loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
(AI)Glorious things of you are spoken,
    O (AJ)city of God. Selah

Among those who (AK)know me I mention (AL)Rahab and Babylon;
    behold, Philistia and Tyre, with (AM)Cush[a]
    “This one was born there,” they say.
And of Zion it shall be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her”;
    for the Most High himself will (AN)establish her.
The Lord records as he (AO)registers the peoples,
    “This one was born there.” Selah

(AP)Singers and (AQ)dancers alike say,
    “All my (AR)springs are in you.”

I Cry Out Day and Night Before You

A Song. A Psalm of (AS)the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to (AT)Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil[b] of (AU)Heman the Ezrahite.

88 O Lord, (AV)God of my salvation,
    I (AW)cry out day and night before you.
Let my prayer come before you;
    (AX)incline your ear to my cry!

For my soul is full of troubles,
    and (AY)my life draws near to (AZ)Sheol.
I am counted among those who (BA)go down to the pit;
    I am a man who has no strength,
like one set loose among the dead,
    like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom (BB)you remember no more,
    for they are (BC)cut off from your hand.
You have put me in (BD)the depths of the pit,
    in the (BE)regions dark and (BF)deep.
Your wrath (BG)lies heavy upon me,
    and you overwhelm me with (BH)all your waves. Selah

You have caused (BI)my companions to shun me;
    you have made me (BJ)a horror[c] to them.
I am (BK)shut in so that I cannot escape;
    (BL)my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you, O Lord;
    I (BM)spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you work wonders for the dead?
    (BN)Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
    or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12 Are your (BO)wonders known in (BP)the darkness,
    or your righteousness in the land of (BQ)forgetfulness?

13 But I, O Lord, cry (BR)to you;
    (BS)in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 O Lord, why (BT)do you cast my soul away?
    Why (BU)do you hide your face from me?
15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
    I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.[d]
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
    your (BV)dreadful assaults destroy me.
17 They (BW)surround me like a flood (BX)all day long;
    they (BY)close in on me together.
18 You have caused (BZ)my beloved and my friend to shun me;
    my companions have become darkness.[e]

I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord

A Maskil[f] of (CA)Ethan the Ezrahite.

89 (CB)I will sing of (CC)the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
    with my mouth I will make known your (CD)faithfulness to all generations.
For I said, (CE)“Steadfast love will be built up forever;
    in the heavens (CF)you will establish your (CG)faithfulness.”
You have said, “I have made (CH)a covenant with my (CI)chosen one;
    I have (CJ)sworn to David my servant:
‘I will establish your (CK)offspring forever,
    and build your (CL)throne for all generations.’” Selah

Let (CM)the heavens praise your (CN)wonders, O Lord,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of (CO)the holy ones!
For (CP)who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
    (CQ)Who among the heavenly beings[g] is like the Lord,
a God greatly (CR)to be feared in the council of (CS)the holy ones,
    and awesome above all (CT)who are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
    (CU)who is mighty as you are, O (CV)Lord,
    with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
    when its waves rise, you (CW)still them.
10 You (CX)crushed (CY)Rahab like a carcass;
    you (CZ)scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 (DA)The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
    (DB)the world and all that is in it, you have (DC)founded them.
12 (DD)The north and the south, you have created them;
    (DE)Tabor and (DF)Hermon (DG)joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
    strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 (DH)Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    (DI)steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are the people who know (DJ)the festal shout,
    who walk, O Lord, in (DK)the light of your face,
16 who exult in your (DL)name all the day
    and in your righteousness are (DM)exalted.
17 For you are (DN)the glory of their strength;
    by your favor our (DO)horn is exalted.
18 For our (DP)shield belongs to the Lord,
    our king to (DQ)the Holy One of Israel.

19 (DR)Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one,[h] and said:
    “I have (DS)granted help to one who is (DT)mighty;
    I have exalted one (DU)chosen from the people.
20 (DV)I have found David, my servant;
    with my holy oil I have (DW)anointed him,
21 so that my (DX)hand shall be established with him;
    my arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him;
    (DY)the wicked shall not humble him.
23 I will (DZ)crush his foes before him
    and strike down those who hate him.
24 My (EA)faithfulness and my (EB)steadfast love shall be with him,
    and in my name shall his (EC)horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand on (ED)the sea
    and his right hand on (EE)the rivers.
26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my (EF)Father,
    my God, and (EG)the Rock of my salvation.’
27 And I will make him the (EH)firstborn,
    (EI)the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
    and my (EJ)covenant will stand firm[i] for him.
29 I will establish his (EK)offspring forever
    and his (EL)throne as (EM)the days of the heavens.
30 (EN)If his children forsake my law
    and do not walk according to my rules,[j]
31 if they violate my statutes
    and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with (EO)the rod
    and their iniquity with stripes,
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
    or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my (EP)covenant
    or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35 Once for all I have sworn (EQ)by my holiness;
    I will not (ER)lie to David.
36 His (ES)offspring shall endure forever,
    (ET)his (EU)throne as long as (EV)the sun before me.
37 Like (EW)the moon it shall be established forever,
    (EX)a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah

38 But now you have (EY)cast off and rejected;
    you are full of wrath against your (EZ)anointed.
39 You have (FA)renounced (FB)the covenant with your servant;
    you have (FC)defiled his (FD)crown in the dust.
40 You have (FE)breached all his walls;
    you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41 (FF)All who pass by plunder him;
    he has become (FG)the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
    you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
    and you have not made him stand in battle.
44 You have made his splendor to cease
    and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short (FH)the days of his youth;
    you have (FI)covered him with shame. Selah

46 (FJ)How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
    How long will your wrath (FK)burn like fire?
47 (FL)Remember (FM)how short my (FN)time is!
    For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48 (FO)What man can live and never (FP)see death?
    Who can deliver his soul from the power of (FQ)Sheol? Selah

49 Lord, where is your (FR)steadfast love of old,
    which by your (FS)faithfulness you swore to David?
50 (FT)Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
    and how I bear in my (FU)heart the insults[k] of all the many nations,
51 with which your enemies mock, O Lord,
    with which they mock (FV)the footsteps of your (FW)anointed.

52 (FX)Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.


  1. Psalm 87:4 Probably Nubia
  2. Psalm 88:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
  3. Psalm 88:8 Or an abomination
  4. Psalm 88:15 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  5. Psalm 88:18 Or darkness has become my only companion
  6. Psalm 89:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  7. Psalm 89:6 Hebrew the sons of God, or the sons of might
  8. Psalm 89:19 Some Hebrew manuscripts godly ones
  9. Psalm 89:28 Or will remain faithful
  10. Psalm 89:30 Or my just decrees
  11. Psalm 89:50 Hebrew lacks the insults

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