Psalm 89. Misericordias Domini.
From the Book of Divine Worship
- The Psalter or Psalms of David - Traditional - Seventeenth Day - Evening Prayer.
- MY song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the Lord; *
with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one generation to another.
- For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever; *
thy truth 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 for ever, *
and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
- O Lord, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works; *
and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
- For who is he among the clouds, *
that shall be compared unto the Lord?
- And what is he among the gods, *
that shall be like unto the Lord?
- God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, *
and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
- O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee? *
thy truth, most mighty Lord, is on every side.
- Thou rulest the raging of the sea; *
thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
- Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it; *
thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
- The heavens are thine, the earth also 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 are the habitation of thy seat; *
mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
- Blessed is the people, O Lord, that can rejoice in thee; *
they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
- Their delight shall be daily in thy Name; *
and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
- For thou art the glory of their strength, *
and in thy lovingkindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
- For the Lord is our defence; *
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 my arm shall strengthen him.
- The enemy shall not be able to do him violence; *
the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
- I will smite down his foes before his face, *
and plague them that hate him.
- My truth also and my mercy shall be with him; *
and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
- I will set his dominion also in the sea, *
and his right hand in the floods.
- He shall call me, Thou art my Father, *
my God, and my strong 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 stand fast with him.
- His seed also will I make to endure for ever, *
and his throne as the days of heaven.
- But if his children forsake my law, *
and walk not in my judgments;
- If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; *
I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin 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 alter 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 for ever, *
and his throne is like as the sun before me.
- He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon, *
and as the faithful witness in heaven.
- But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine anointed, *
and art displeased at him.
- Thou hast broken 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, *
and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
- Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies, *
and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
- Thou hast taken away the edge 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.
- Lord, how long wilt thou hide thyself - for ever? *
and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
- O remember how short my time is; *
wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
- What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? *
and shall he deliver his soul from the power of the grave?
- Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses, *
which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
- Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have, *
and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
- Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, *
and slandered the footsteps of thine anointed.
- Praised be the Lord for evermore. *
Amen, and Amen.
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