PLXXXIX. Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite

1 The mercies of Jehovah sing
For evermore will I:
I'll with my mouth thy truth make known
To all posterity.
2 For I have said that mercy shall
For ever be up-built:
Establish in the very heav'ns,
Thy faithfulness thou wilt.

3 With him that is my chosen one
A cov'nant made I have
And to my servant David I
By oath this promise gave.
4 To perpertuity thy seed
Establish sure I will;
Likewise to generations all
Thy throne I'll build up still. Selah.

5 Also the heavens thy wonders, Lord,
They shall thy praise confess:
Within th' assembly of the same
Likewise thy faithfulness.
6 For to the Lord the heav'ns within
Who is't we can compare?
Who's like the Lord among the sons
Of them that mighty are.


7 God greatly in the church of saints
Is to be had in fear;
And to be reverenc'd of all those
That round about him are.
8 Jehovah, O thou God of hosts,
Strong JAH, who's like to thee?
Thy faithfulness on ev'ry side,
Doth round encompass thee.

9 Over the raging of the sea
Thou dost dominion bear;
When as the waves thereof arise
By thee they stilled are.
10 Like to one slain thou broken hast
In pieces Rahab quite:
Thou hast disperst thine enemies,
Ev'n by thine arm of might.

11 To thee the heavens do belong,
The earth likewise to thee.
The world with fulness of the same:
By thee they founded be.
12 The north together with the south.
Thou didst create the same:
Tabor likewise and Hermon's hill
Rejoyce shall in thy name.


13 Thou hast a very mighty arm,
Thy hand in strength is great;
And also that right hand of thine
Aloft on high is set.
14 The habitation of thy throne,
Justice and judgment are,
Their way before thy face to go
Both grace and truth prepare.

15 O blessed are the people who
The joyful sound do know;
Lord in thy countenances light
They up and down shall go.
16 They all the day shall in thy name
Rejoyce exceedingly;
And in thy righteousness shall they
Be lifted up on high.

17 Because that thou art of their strength
The glorious dignity:
Our horn it shall exalted be
In thy benignity.
18 Because Jehovah is to us
A safe protection;
And he that is our sovereign
Is Isr'ls holy One.


19 Then didst thou speak in vision
Unto thy saints, and said,
On such an one as mighty is
I have salvation laid.
20 One chosen from the folk I rais'd,
My servant David I
Have found, him I anointed with
My oyl of sanctity.

21 With whom my hand shall 'stablish'd be
Mine arm him strengthen shall
22 Also the enemy shall not
Exact on him at all:
Nor shall the sons of wickedness
Afflict him any more.
23 Before him I'll beat down his foes
And plague his haters sore.

24 My mercy yet and verity
With him shall be the same:
His horn likewise shall be on high
Exalted in my name.
25 Moreover I within the sea
Will cause his hand to stand;
Likewise within the rivers I
Will settle his right hand.

26 To me my father, thou my god,
And health's rock, he shall cry.
27 And I will make him my first-born,
Then earthly kings more high.
28 My mercy I will keep for him
To times which eve last:
With him also my covenant
Shall be establish'd fast.


29 Moreover I his seed will make
for to endure always;
And I his throne establish will
Like as of heav'n the days.
30 If that his sons forsake my law,
And from my judgments swerve:
31 If they my statutes break, and do
My precepts not observe.

32 Their bold transgressions with the rod
Then visit sore will I;
Likewise with stripes I visit will
Their cross iniquity.
33 My loving kindness yet from him
Away take will not I:
Nor suffer will in any wise
My faithfulness to lye.

34 The cov'nant I have made with him
Shall not by me be broke:
That which is gone out of my lips
I never will revoke.
35 Once sware I by my holiness,
If I to David lie.
36 His seed assuredly shall last
To perpetuity.

And like the sun 'for me his throne
37 It like the moon shall slay:
And as in heav'n a witness true
Shall stablish'd be for aye.


38 But thou hast cast off and abhorr'd
Wroth with thine ointed one
39 Thou art. Thy servants covenant
Thou hast made it as none:
By casting down unto the ground
Thou hast prophan'd his crown.
40 His forts to ruin thou hast brought,
His hedges all broke down.

41 All spoil him by the way that pass,
His neighbour's scorn he's made.
42 His foes right hand thou hat extoll'd,
Thou mad'st his en'mies glad.
43 Thou of his sword the edge hast turn'd
Nor mad'st him stand in sight.
44 Thou hast his crown cast to the ground,
And fails his glory bright.

45 Yea of his youthful years the days
Thou hast diminished;
All over with confusion too
Thou hast him covered.
46 How long, Jehovah, wilt thou hide
thy self for evermore?
Like as a burning fire abide
Shall thy displeasure sore?
47 To thy remembrance do thou call,
How short a time have I:
Wherefore hast thou created all
Men's sons to vanity?

48 What man alive in strength so great
That death he shall not see?
That from the hand of grave shall set
His soul at liberty. Selah.
49 Thy former loving kindnesses,
O Lord, where are they now?
Which in thy truth and faithfulness
To David thou didst vow?

50 O Lord do thou thy servant's scorn
Unto remembrance call;
How in my breast I have it born
From mighty people all.
51 Wherewith, O Lord, thine enemies
Me cast reproach upon,
Wherewith they do reproach the steps
Of thine anointed one.

52 O let Jehovah blessed be
to generations all:
Amen, so let it be also
Amen, be so it shall.

Text Information
First Line: The mercies of Jehovah sing
Title: Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite
Language: English
Publication Date: 1742
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