Psalm 88-90

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Psalm 88

O Yahweh, the Elohim of my salvation,

I have cried day and night before you.

2 Let my prayer enter into your presence;

Incline your ear to my cry.

3 For my soul is full of troubles,

And my life draws near to Sheol.

4 I am reckoned with them that go down into the pit;

I am as a man that has no help,

5 Cast off among the dead,

Like the killed that lie in the grave,

Whom you remember no more,

And they are cut off from your hand.

6 You have laid me in the lowest pit,

In dark places, in the deeps.

7 Your wrath lies hard upon me,

And you have afflicted me with all your waves.


8 You have put my acquaintance far from me;

You have made me an abomination to them:

I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

9 My eye wastes away by reason of affliction:

I have called daily upon you, O Yahweh;

I have spread forth my hands to you.

10 Will you show wonders to the dead?

Shall they that are deceased arise and praise you?


11 Shall your lovingkindness be declared in the grave?

Or your faithfulness in Destruction?

12 Shall your wonders be known in the dark?

And your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But to you, O Yahweh, have I cried;

And in the morning shall my prayer come before you.

14 Yahweh, why cast you off my soul?

Why hide your face from me?

15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:

While I suffer your terrors I am distracted.

16 Your fierce wrath has gone over me;

Your terrors have cut me off

17 They came all around me like water all the day long;

They compassed me about together.

18 Lover and friend have you put far from me,

And my acquaintance into darkness.



Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.


Psalm 89

I will sing of the lovingkindness of Yahweh forever:

With my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations.

2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up forever;

Your faithfulness will you establish in the very heavens.

3 I have made a covenant with my chosen,

I have sworn to David my servant:

4 Your seed will I establish forever,

And build up your throne to all generations.


5 And the heavens shall praise your wonders, O Yahweh;

Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

6 For who in the skies can be compared to Yahweh?

Who among the sons of the mighty is like Yahweh,

7 An El very terrible in the council of the holy ones,

And to be feared above all them that are all around him?

8 O Yahweh Elohim of hosts,

Who is a mighty one, like you, O Yah?

And your faithfulness is all around you.

9 You rule the pride of the sea:

When the waves of it arise, you still them.

10 You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain;

You have scattered your enemies with the arm of your strength.

11 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours:

The world and the fulness of it, you have founded them.

12 The north and the south, you have created them:

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 foundation of your throne:

Lovingkindness and truth go before your face.

15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound:

They walk, O Yahweh, in the light of your countenance.

16 In your name they rejoice all the day;

And in your righteousness are they exalted.

17 For you are the glory of their strength;

And in your favor our horn shall be exalted.

18 For our shield belongs to Yahweh;

And our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Then you spoke in vision to your saints,

And said, I have laid help upon one that is mighty;

I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

20 I have found David my servant;

With my holy oil have I anointed him:

21 With whom my hand shall be established;

My arm also shall strengthen him.

22 The enemy shall not exact from him,

Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

23 And I will beat down his adversaries before him,

And strike them that hate him.

24 But my faithfulness and my lovingkindness shall be with him;

And in my name shall his horn be exalted.

25 I will set his hand also on the sea,

And his right hand on the rivers.

26 He shall cry to me,

You are my Father,

My El and the rock of my salvation.

27 I also will make him my first-born,

The highest of the kings of the earth.

28 My lovingkindness will I keep for him for evermore;

And my covenant shall stand fast with him.

29 His seed also will I make to endure forever,

And his throne as the days of heaven.

30 If his children forsake my law,

And walk not in my ordinances;

31 If they break my statutes,

And keep not my commandments;

32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod,

And their iniquity with stripes.

33 But my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him

Nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

34 My covenant will I not break,

Nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips.

35 Once have I sworn by my holiness:

I will not lie to David:

36 His seed shall endure forever,

And his throne as the sun before me.

37 It shall be established forever as the moon,

And as the faithful witness in the sky.


38 But you have cast off and rejected,

You have been angry with your anointed.

39 You have abhorred the covenant of your servant:

You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.

40 You have broken down all his hedges;

You have brought his strongholds to ruin.

41 All that pass by the way rob him:

He has become a reproach to his neighbors.

42 You have exalted the right hand of his adversaries;

You have made all his enemies to rejoice.

43 Also, you turn back the edge of his sword,

And have not made him to stand in the battle.

44 You have made his brightness to cease,

And cast his throne down to the ground.

45 The days of his youth have you shortened:


You have covered him with shame.

46 How long, O Yahweh? Will you hide yourself forever?

How long shall your wrath burn like fire?

47 Oh remember how short my time is:

For what vanity have you created all the children of men!

48 What man is he that shall live and not see death,

That shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?


49 Yahweh, where are your former lovingkindnesses,

Which you swore to David in your faithfulness?

50 Remember, Yahweh, the reproach of your servants;

How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty peoples,

51 With which your enemies have reproached, O Yahweh,

With which they have reproached the footsteps of your anointed.

52 Blessed be Yahweh for evermore.

Amen, and Amen.



A Prayer of Moses the man of Elohim.


Psalm 90

Yahweh, you have been our dwelling-place

In all generations.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,

Or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

Even from everlasting to everlasting, you are El.

3 You turn man to destruction

And say,Return, you children of men.

4 For a thousand years in your sight

Are but as yesterday when it is past,

And as a watch in the night.

5 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep:

In the morning they are like grass which grows up.

6 In the morning it flourishes, and grows up;

In the evening it is cut down, and withers.

7 For we are consumed in your anger,

And in your wrath are we troubled.

8 You have set our iniquities before you,

Our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

9 For all our days are passed away in your wrath:

We bring our years to an end as a sigh.

10 The days of our years are seventy,

Or even by reason of strength eighty years;

Yet is their pride but labor and sorrow;

For it is soon gone, and we fly away.

11 Who knows the power of your anger,

And your wrath according to the fear that is due to you?

12 So teach us to number our days,

That we may get us a heart of wisdom.

13 Return, O Yahweh; how long?

And let it repent you concerning your servants.

14 Oh satisfy us in the morning with your lovingkindness,

That we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad according to the days in which you have afflicted us,

And the years in which we have seen evil.

16 Let your work appear to your servants,

And your glory upon their children.

17 And let the favor of Yahweh our Elohim be upon us;

And establish the work of our hands upon us;

Yes, even the work of our hands establish it.


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