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Psalm 89


[Recommended tunes: v 1-4 Dunfermline, Belgrave; v 5-14 Effingham, 
Weymouth; v 15-18 Newington; v 19-37 Tiverton; v 38-52 Durham]


Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.


1God's mercies I will ever sing;

and with my mouth I shall

Thy faithfulness make to be known

to generations all.

2For mercy shall be built, said I,

for ever to endure;

Thy faithfulness, ev'n in the heav'ns,

thou wilt establish sure.


3I with my chosen One have made

a cov'nant graciously;

And to my servant, whom I lov'd,

to David sworn have I;

4That I thy seed establish shall

for ever to remain,

And will to generations all

thy throne build and maintain.


5The praises of thy wonders, Lord,

the heavens shall express;

And in the congregation

of saints thy faithfulness.

6For who in heaven with the Lord

may once himself compare?

Who is like God among the sons

of those that mighty are?


7Great fear in meeting of the saints

is due unto the Lord;

And he of all about him should

with rev'rence be ador'd.

8O thou that art the Lord of hosts,

what Lord in mightiness

Is like to thee? who compass'd round

art with thy faithfulness.


9Ev'n in the raging of the sea

thou over it dost reign;

And when the waves thereof do swell,

thou stillest them again.

10Rahab in pieces thou didst break,

like one that slaughter'd is;

And with thy mighty arm thou hast

dispers'd thine enemies.


11The heav'ns are thine, thou for thine own

the earth dost also take;

The world, and fulness of the same,

thy pow'r did found and make.

12The north and south from thee alone

their first beginning had;

Both Tabor mount and Hermon hill

shall in thy name be glad.


13Thou hast an arm that's full of pow'r,

thy hand is great in might;

And thy right hand exceedingly

exalted is in height.

14Justice and judgment of thy throne

are made the dwelling-place;

Mercy, accompany'd with truth,

shall go before thy face.


15O greatly bless'd the people are

the joyful sound that know;

In brightness of thy face, O Lord,

they ever on shall go.

16They in thy name shall all the day

rejoice exceedingly;

And in thy righteousness shall they

exalted be on high.


17Because the glory of their strength

doth only stand in thee;

And in thy favour shall our horn

and pow'r exalted be.

18For God is our defence; and he

to us doth safety bring:

The Holy One of Israel

is our almighty King.


19In vision to thy Holy One

thou saidst, I help upon

A strong one laid; out of the folk

I rais'd a chosen one;

20Ev'n David, I have found him out

a servant unto me;

And with my holy oil my King

anointed him to be.


21With whom my hand shall stablish'd be;

mine arm shall make him strong.

22On him the foe shall not exact,

nor son of mischief wrong.

23I will beat down before his face

all his malicious foes;

I will them greatly plague who do

with hatred him oppose.


24My mercy and my faithfulness

with him yet still shall be;

And in my name his horn and pow'r

men shall exalted see.

25His hand and pow'r shall reach afar;

I'll set it in the sea;

And his right hand established

shall in the rivers be.


26Thou art my Father, he shall cry,

thou art my God alone;

And he shall say, Thou art the Rock

of my salvation.

27I'll make him my first-born, more high

than kings of any land.

28My love I'll ever keep for him,

my cov'nant fast shall stand.


29His seed I by my pow'r will make

for ever to endure;

And, as the days of heav'n, his throne

shall stable be, and sure.

30But if his children shall forsake

my laws, and go astray,

And in my judgments shall not walk,

but wander from my way:


31If they my laws break, and do not

keep my commandements;

32I'll visit then their faults with rods,

their sins with chastisements.

33Yet I'll not take my love from him,

nor false my promise make.

34My cov'nant I'll not break, nor change

what with my mouth I spake.


35Once by my holiness I sware,

to David I'll not lie;

36His seed and throne shall, as the sun,

before me last for aye.

37It, like the moon, shall ever be

establish'd stedfastly;

And like to that which in the heav'n

doth witness faithfully.


38But thou, displeased, hast cast off,

thou didst abhor and loathe;

With him that thine anointed is

thou hast been very wroth.

39Thou hast thy servant's covenant

made void, and quite cast by;

Thou hast profan'd his crown, while it

cast on the ground doth lie.


40Thou all his hedges hast broke down,

his strong holds down hast torn.

41He to all passers-by a spoil,

to neighbours is a scorn.

42Thou hast set up his foes' right hand;

mad'st all his en'mies glad:

43Turn'd his sword's edge, and him to stand

in battle hast not made.


44His glory thou hast made to cease,

his throne to ground down cast;

45Shorten'd his days of youth, and him

with shame thou cover'd hast.

46How long, Lord, wilt thou hide thyself?

for ever, in thine ire?

And shall thine indignation

burn like unto a fire?


47Remember, Lord, how short a time

I shall on earth remain:

O wherefore is it so that thou

has made all men in vain?

48What man is he that liveth here,

and death shall never see?

Or from the power of the grave

what man his soul shall free?


49Thy former loving-kindnesses,

O Lord, where be they now?

Those which in truth and faithfulness

to David sworn hast thou?

50Mind, Lord, thy servant's sad reproach;

how I in bosom bear

The scornings of the people all,

who strong and mighty are.


51Wherewith thy raging enemies

reproach'd, O Lord, think on;

Wherewith they have reproach'd the steps

of thine anointed one.

52All blessing to the Lord our God

let be ascribed then:

For evermore so let it be.

Amen, yea, and amen.


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