[Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.]
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I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for euer: with my mouth will I make knowen thy faithfulnesse to all generations.
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For I haue said, Mercie shall bee built vp for euer: thy faithfulnesse shalt thou establish in the very heauens.
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I haue made a couenant with my chosen: I haue sworne vnto Dauid my seruant.
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Thy seed will I stablish for euer: and build vp thy throne to all generations.
Selah.
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And the heauens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulnes also in the congregation of the Saints.
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For who in the heauen can be compared vnto the Lord?
who among the sonnes of the mightie can be likened vnto the Lord?
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God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the Saints: and to bee had in reuerence of all them that are about him.
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O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like vnto thee?
or to thy faithfulnesse round about thee?
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Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waues thereof arise;
thou stillest them.
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Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slaine: thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arme.
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The heauens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulnes thereof, thou hast founded them.
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The North and the South, thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall reioyce in thy Name.
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Thou hast a mighty arme: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
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Iustice and iudgement are the habitation of thy throne: mercie and trueth shall goe before thy face.
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Blessed is the people that knowe the ioyfull sound: they shall walke O Lord in the light of thy countenance.
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In thy name shall they reioyce all the day: and in thy righteousnes shall they be exalted.
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For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy fauour our horne shall be exalted.
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For the Lord is our defence: and the holy One of Israel is our king.
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Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I haue laid helpe vpon one that is mightie: I haue exalted one chosen out of the people.
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I haue found Dauid my seruant: with my holy oile haue I anointed him.
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With whome my hand shall bee established: mine arme also shall strengthen him.
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The enemie shall not exact vpon him: nor the sonne of wickednesse afflict him.
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And I will beate downe his foes before his face: and plague them that hate him.
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But my faithfulnesse and my mercy shalbe with him: and in my name shall his horne be exalted.
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I will set his hand also in the sea: and his right hand in the riuers.
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He shall crie vnto mee, Thou art my father: my God, and the rocke of my saluation.
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Also I will make him my first borne: higher then the kings of the earth.
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My mercy will I keepe for him for euermore: and my couenant shall stand fast with him.
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His seed also will I make to indure for euer: and his throne as the dayes of heauen.
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If his children forsake my lawe, and walke not in my iudgements;
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If they breake my statutes, and keepe not my commandements:
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Then will I visite their transgression with the rod, and their iniquitie with stripes.
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Neuerthelesse, my louing kindnesse will I not vtterly take from him: nor suffer my faithfulnesse to faile.
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My couenant will I not breake: nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lippes.
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Once haue I sworne by my holinesse;
that I will not lye vnto Dauid.
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His seede shall endure for euer;
and his throne as the sunne before me.
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It shalbe established for euer as the Moone: and as a faithfull witnesse in heauen.
Selah.
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But thou hast cast off and abhorred: thou hast bene wroth with thine anointed.
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Thou hast made voyd the couenant of thy seruant: thou hast profaned his crowne, by casting it to the ground.
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Thou hast broken downe all his hedges: thou hast brought his strong holds to ruine.
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All that passe by the way;
spoile him: hee is a reproach to his neighbours.
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Thou hast set vp the right hand of his aduersaries: thou hast made all his enemies to reioyce.
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Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword: and hast not made him to stand in the battaile.
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Thou hast made his glory to cease: and cast his throne downe to the ground.
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The dayes of his youth hast thou shortned: thou hast couered him with shame.
Selah.
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How long, Lord, wilt thou hide thy selfe, for euer?
shall thy wrath burne like fire?
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Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vaine?
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What man is he that liueth, and shall not see death?
shall he deliuer his soule from the hand of the graue?
Selah.
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Lord, where are thy former louing kindnesses, which thou swarest vnto Dauid in thy trueth?
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Remember (Lord) the reproach of thy seruants: how I doe beare in my bosome the reproache of all the mighty people.
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Wherewith thine enemies haue reproached, O Lord: wherewith they haue reproached the foote-steppes of thine Annointed.
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Blessed be the Lord for euermore, Amen, and Amen.