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,
For I said, 'To the age is kindness built, The heavens! Thou
dost establish Thy faithfulness in them.'
I have made a covenant for My chosen, I have sworn to David
'Even to the age do I establish thy seed, And have built to
generation and generation thy throne. Selah.
and the heavens confess Thy wonders, O Jehovah, Thy
faithfulness also is in an assembly of holy ones.
For who in the sky, Compareth himself to Jehovah? Is like to
Jehovah among sons of the mighty?
God is very terrible, In the secret counsel of His holy
ones, And fearful over all surrounding Him.
O Jehovah, God of Hosts, Who is like Thee -- a strong
Jah? And Thy faithfulness is round about Thee.
Thou art ruler over the pride of the sea, In the
lifting up of its billows Thou dost restrain them.
Thou hast bruised Rahab, as one wounded. With the arm of Thy
strength Thou hast scattered Thine enemies.
Thine are the heavens -- the earth also is
Thine, The habitable world and its fulness, Thou hast founded them.
North and south Thou hast appointed them, Tabor and Hermon
in Thy name do sing.
Thou hast an arm with might, Strong is Thy hand -- high Thy
Righteousness and judgment Are the fixed place of Thy
throne, Kindness and truth go before Thy face.
O the happiness of the people knowing the shout, O Jehovah,
in the light of Thy face they walk habitually.
In Thy name they rejoice all the day, And in Thy
righteousness they are exalted,
For the beauty of their strength art Thou, And in Thy
good will is our horn exalted,
For of Jehovah is our shield, And of the Holy One of
Israel our king.
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
I have found David My servant, With My holy oil I have
With whom My hand is established, My arm also doth
An enemy exacteth not upon him, And a son of perverseness
afflicteth him not.
And I have beaten down before him his adversaries, And those
hating him I plague,
And My faithfulness and kindness are with him, And in
My name is his horn exalted.
And I have set on the sea his hand, And on the rivers his
He proclaimeth me: 'Thou art my Father, My God, and
the rock of my salvation.'
I also first-born do appoint him, Highest of the kings of
To the age I keep for him My kindness, And My covenant is
stedfast with him.
And I have set his seed for ever, And his throne as the days
of the heavens.
If his sons forsake My law, And in My judgments do not walk;
If My statutes they pollute, And My commands do not keep,
I have looked after with a rod their transgression, And with
strokes their iniquity,
And My kindness I break not from him, Nor do I deal falsely
in My faithfulness.
I profane not My covenant, And that which is going forth
from My lips I change not.
Once I have sworn by My holiness, I lie not to David,
His seed is to the age, And his throne is as the sun
As the moon it is established -- to the age, And the witness
in the sky is stedfast. Selah.
And Thou, Thou hast cast off, and dost reject, Thou hast
shown Thyself wroth With Thine anointed,
Hast rejected the covenant of Thy servant, Thou hast
polluted to the earth his crown,
Thou hast broken down all his hedges, Thou hast made his
fenced places a ruin.
Spoiled him have all passing by the way, He hath been a
reproach to his neighbours,
Thou hast exalted the right hand of his adversaries, Thou
hast caused all his enemies to rejoice.
Also -- Thou turnest back the sharpness of his sword, And
hast not established him in battle,
Hast caused him to cease from his brightness, And his
throne to the earth hast cast down.
Thou hast shortened the days of his youth, Hast covered him
over with shame. Selah.
Till when, O Jehovah, art Thou hidden? For ever doth Thy
fury burn as fire?
Remember, I pray Thee, what is life-time? Wherefore
in vain hast Thou created All the sons of men?
Who is the man that liveth, and doth not see death?
He delivereth his soul from the hand of Sheol. Selah.
Where are Thy former kindnesses, O Lord. Thou hast
sworn to David in Thy faithfulness,
Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Thy servants, I have borne
in my bosom all the strivings of the peoples,
Wherewith Thine enemies reproached, O Jehovah, Wherewith
they have reproached The steps of Thine anointed.
Blessed is Jehovah to the age. Amen, and amen!