¶ An instruction of Ethan the Ezrahite.My song shall be alway of the loving kindness of the LORD, with my mouth will I ever be shewing my faithfulness from one generation to another. For I have said: Mercy shall be set up for ever, thy faithfulness shalt thou stablish in the heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant. Thy seed will I stablish forever, and set up thy throne from one generations to another. Selah.
¶ O LORD the very heavens shall praise thy wonderous works, yea and thy faithfulness in the congregation of the saints. For who is he among the clouds, that may be compared unto the LORD? Yea what is he among the gods, that is like unto the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the councell of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. O LORD God of Hosts, who is like unto thee in power? thy truth is round about thee. Thou rulest the pride of the sea, thou fillest the waves thereof, when they arise. Thou breakest the proud, like one that is wounded, thou scatterest thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm. The heavens are thine, the earth is thine: thou hast laid the foundation of the round world and all that therein is. Thou hast made the north and the south, Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name. Thou hast a mighty arm, strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand. Righteousness and equity is the habitation of thy seat, mercy and truth go before thy face.
¶ Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can rejoice in thee, and walketh in the light of thy countenance. Their delight is in thy name all the day long, and thorow thy righteousness they shall be exalted. For thou art the glory of their strength, and thorow thy favour shalt thou lift up our horns. The LORD is our defence, and the holy one of Israel is our king.
¶ Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst: I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant, with my holy oil have I anointed him. My hand shall hold him fast, and mine arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not overcome him, and the son of wickedness shall not hurt him. I shall smite down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. My truth also my mercy shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand in the sea, and his right hand in the floods. He shall call me: Thou art my father, my God, and the strength of my salvation. And I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stond fast with him. His seed will I make to endure for ever, yea and his throne as the days of heaven. But if his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgements. If they break mine ordinances, and keep not my commandments. I will visit their offenses with the rod, and their sins with scourges. Nevertheless, my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my truth to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor disannull the thing that is gone out of my lips. I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David. His seed shall endure forever, and his seat also like as the sun before me. He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon, and as the faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
¶ But now thou forsakest and abhorrest thine annointed, and art displeased at him. Thou hast turned back the covenant of thy servant, and cast his crown to the ground. Thou hast overthrown all his hedges, and broken down his strongholds. All they that go by, spoil him, he is become a rebuke to his neighbours. Thou settest up the right hand of his enemies, and makest all his adversaries to rejoice. Thou hast taken away the strength of his sword, and givest him not victory in the battle. Thou hast put out his glory, and cast his Throne down to the ground. The days of his youth hast thou shortened, and covered him with dishonour. Selah. LORD, how long wilt thou hide thyself? for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? O remember how short my time is, hast thou made all men for naught? What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? May a man deliver his own soul from the hand of hell? Selah. Lord, where are thy old loving kindnesses, which thou sworest unto David in thy truth? Remember Lord the rebuke that the multitude of the people do unto thy servants, and how I have borne it in my bosom. Wherewith thine enemies blaspheme thee, and slander the footsteps of thine anointed. Thanks be to the LORD for evermore: Amen: Amen.