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Psalm 89

(from Day 17 Evening Prayer)

Misericordias Domini

  1. MY SONG shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the Lord: with my mouth will I ever be shewing thy truth from one generation to another.
  2. For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever: thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
  3. I have made a covenant with my chosen: I have sworn unto David my servant;
  4. Thy seed will I stablish for ever: and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
  5. O Lord, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works: and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
  6. For who is he among the clouds: that shall be compared unto the Lord?
  7. And what is he among the gods: that shall be like unto the Lord?
  8. 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.
  9. O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee: thy truth, most mighty Lord, is on every side.
  10. Thou rulest the raging of the sea: thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
  11. Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it: thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
  12. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
  13. Thou hast made the north and the south: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
  14. Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
  15. Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
  16. Blessed is the people, O Lord, that can rejoice in thee: they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
  17. Their delight shall be daily in thy Name: and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
  18. For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
  19. For the Lord is our defence: the Holy One of Israel is our King.
  20. 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.
  21. I have found David my servant: with my holy oil have I anointed him.
  22. My hand shall hold him fast: and my arm shall strengthen him.
  23. The enemy shall not be able to do him violence: the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
  24. I will smite down his foes before his face: and plague them that hate him.
  25. My truth also and my mercy shall be with him: and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
  26. I will set his dominion also in the sea: and his right hand in the floods.
  27. He shall call me, Thou art my Father: my God, and my strong salvation.
  28. And I will make him my first-born: higher than the kings of the earth.
  29. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore: and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
  30. His seed also will I make to endure for ever: and his throne as the days of heaven.
  31. But if his children forsake my law: and walk not in my judgements;
  32. If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments: I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
  33. Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him: nor suffer my truth to fail.
  34. My covenant I will 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.
  35. His seed shall endure for ever: and his seat is like as the sun before me.
  36. He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon: and as the faithful witness in heaven.
  37. But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine Anointed: and art displeased at him.
  38. Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant: and cast his crown to the ground.
  39. Thou hast overthrown all his hedges: and broken down his strong holds.
  40. All they that go by spoil him: and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
  41. Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies: and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
  42. Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword: and givest him not victory in the battle.
  43. Thou hast put out his glory: and cast his throne down to the ground.
  44. The days of his youth hast thou shortened: and covered him with dishonour.
  45. Lord, how long wilt thou hide thyself, for ever: and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
  46. O remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
  47. What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death: and shall he deliver his soul from the hand of hell?
  48. Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses: which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
  49. Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have: and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people.
  50. Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, and slandered the footsteps of thine Anointed: Praised be the Lord for evermore. Amen, and Amen.