Psalms Chapter 88 – Catholic Bible

The Book of Psalms

Chapter 88

1 – Of understanding, for Ethan the Ezrahite.

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2 – The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever. I will shew forth thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation.

3 – For thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up for ever in the heavens: thy truth shall be prepared in them.

4 – I have made a covenant with my elect: I have sworn to David my servant:

5 – Thy seed will I settle for ever. And I will build up thy throne unto generation and generation.

6 – The heavens shall confess thy wonders, O Lord: and thy truth in the church of the saints.

7 – For who in the clouds can be compared to the Lord: or who among the sons of God shall be like to God?

8 – God, who is glorified in the assembly of the saints: great and terrible above all them that are about him.

9 – O Lord God of hosts, who is like to thee? thou art mighty, O Lord, and thy truth is round about thee.

10 – Thou rulest the power of the sea: and appeasest the motion of the waves thereof.

11 – Thou hast humbled the proud one, as one that is slain: with the arm of thy strength thou hast scattered thy enemies.

12 – Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth: the world and the fulness thereof thou hast founded:

13 – the north and the sea thou hast created. Thabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name:

14 – thy arm is with might. Let thy hand be strengthened, and thy right hand exalted:

15 – justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne. Mercy and truth shall go before thy face:

16 – blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation. They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance:

17 – and in thy name they shall rejoice all the day, and in thy justice they shall be exalted.

18 – For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy good pleasure shall our horn be exalted.

19 – For our protection is of the Lord, and of our king the holy one of Israel.

20 – Then thou spokest in a vision to thy saints, and saidst: I have laid help upon one that is mighty, and have exalted one chosen out of my people.

21 – I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him.

22 – For my hand shall help him: and my arm shall strengthen him.

23 – The enemy shall have no advantage over him: nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him.

24 – And I will cut down his enemies before his face; and them that hate him I will put to flight.

25 – And my truth and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

26 – And I will set his hand in the sea; and his right hand in the rivers.

27 – He shall cry out to me: Thou art my father: my God, and the support of my salvation.

28 – And I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the earth.

29 – I will keep my mercy for him for ever: and my covenant faithful to him.

30 – And I will make his seed to endure for evermore: and his throne as the days of heaven.

31 – And if his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments:

32 – If they profane my justices: and keep not my commandments:

33 – I will visit their iniquities with a rod: and their sins with stripes.

34 – But my mercy I will not take away from him: nor will I suffer my truth to fail.

35 – Neither will I profane my covenant: and the words that proceed from my mouth I will not make void.

36 – Once have I sworn by my holiness: I will not lie unto David:

37 – his seed shall endure for ever.

38 – And his throne as the sun before me: and as the moon perfect for ever, and a faithful witness in heaven.

39 – But thou hast rejected and despised: thou hast been angry with thy anointed.

40 – Thou hast overthrown the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his sanctuary on the earth.

41 – Thou hast broken down all his hedges: thou hast made his strength fear.

42 – All that pass by the way have robbed him: he is become a reproach to his neighbours.

43 – Thou hast set up the right hand of them that oppress him: thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

44 – Thou hast turned away the help of his sword; and hast not assisted him in battle.

45 – Thou hast made his purification to cease: and thou hast cast his throne down to the ground.

46 – Thou hast shortened the days of his time: thou hast covered him with confusion.

47 – How long, O Lord, turnest thou away unto the end? shall thy anger burn like fire?

48 – Remember what my substance is for hast thou made all the children of men in vain?

49 – Who is the man that shall live, and not see death: that shall deliver his soul from the hand of hell?

50 – Lord, where are thy ancient mercies, according to what thou didst swear to David in thy truth?

51 – Be mindful, O Lord, of the reproach of thy servants (which I have held in my bosom) of many nations:

52 – Wherewith thy enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached the change of thy anointed.

53 – Blessed be the Lord for evermore. So be it. So be it.

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