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Psalm 89. Misericordias Domini.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Seventeenth Day - Evening Prayer.

Part I: Misericordias Domini

  1. Your love, O Lord, for ever will I sing; *
    from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
  2. For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
    you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
  3. "I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
    I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
  4. 'I will establish your line for ever, *
    and preserve your throne for all generations.' "
  5. The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O Lord, *
    and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
  6. For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? *
    who is like the Lord among the gods?
  7. God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, *
    great and terrible to all those round about him.
  8. Who is like you, Lord God of hosts? *
    O mighty Lord, your faithfulness is all around you.
  9. You rule the raging of the sea *
    and still the surging of its waves.
  10. You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
    you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
  11. Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
    you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
  12. You have made the north and the south; *
    Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
  13. You have a mighty arm; *
    strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
  14. Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
    love and truth go before your face.
  15. Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
    they walk, O Lord, in the light of your presence.
  16. They rejoice daily in your Name; *
    they are jubilant in your righteousness.
  17. For you are the glory of their strength, *
    and by your favor our might is exalted.
  18. Truly, the Lord is our ruler; *
    the Holy One of Israel is our King.

Part II: Tunc locutus es

  1. You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people: *
    "I have set the crown upon a warrior and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
  2. I have found David my servant; *
    with my holy oil have I anointed him.
  3. My hand will hold him fast *
    and my arm will make him strong.
  4. No enemy shall deceive him, *
    nor any wicked man bring him down.
  5. I will crush his foes before him *
    and strike down those who hate him.
  6. My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
    and he shall be victorious through my Name.
  7. I shall make his dominion extend *
    from the Great Sea to the River.
  8. He will say to me, 'You are my Father, *
    my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
  9. I will make him my firstborn *
    and higher than the kings of the earth.
  10. I will keep my love for him for ever, *
    and my covenant will stand firm for him.
  11. I will establish his line for ever *
    and his throne as the days of heaven."
  12. "If his children forsake my law *
    and do not walk according to my judgments;
  13. If they break my statutes *
    and do not keep my commandments;
  14. I will punish their transgressions with a rod *
    and their iniquities with the lash;
  15. But I will not take my love from him, *
    nor let my faithfulness prove false.
  16. I will not break my covenant, *
    nor change what has gone out of my lips.
  17. Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: *
    'I will not lie to David.
  18. His line shall endure for ever *
    and his throne as the sun before me;
  19. It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, *
    the abiding witness in the sky.' "
  20. But you have cast off and rejected your anointed; *
    you have become enraged at him.
  21. You have broken your covenant with your servant, *
    defiled his crown, and hurled it to the ground.
  22. You have breached all his walls *
    and laid his strongholds in ruins.
  23. All who pass by despoil him; *
    he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
  24. You have exalted the right hand of his foes *
    and made all his enemies rejoice.
  25. You have turned back the edge of his sword *
    and have not sustained him in battle.
  26. You have put an end to his splendor *
    and cast his throne to the ground.
  27. You have cut short the days of his youth *
    and have covered him with shame.
  28. How long will you hide yourself, O Lord? will you hide yourself for ever? *
    how long will your anger burn like fire?
  29. Remember, Lord, how short life is, how frail you have made all flesh.
  30. Who can live and not see death? *
    who can save himself from the power of the grave?
  31. Where, Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old, *
    which you promised David in your faithfulness?
  32. Remember, Lord, how your servant is mocked, *
    how I carry in my bosom the taunts of many peoples,
  33. The taunts your enemies have hurled, O Lord, *
    which they hurled at the heels of your anointed.
  34. Blessed be the Lord for evermore! *
    Amen, I say, Amen.
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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