For the Lord is our defence *
the Holy One of Israel is our King.
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.
I have found David my servant *
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
My hand shall hold him fast *
and my arm shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not be able to do him violence *
the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
I will smite down his foes before his face *
and plague them that hate him.
My truth also and my mercy shall be with him *
and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
I will set his dominion also in the sea *
and his right hand in the floods.
He shall call me, Thou art my Father *
my God, and my strong salvation.
And I will make him my first-born *
higher than the kings of the earth.
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore *
and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
His seed also will I make to endure for ever *
and his throne as the days of heaven.
But if his children forsake my law *
and walk not in my judgements;
If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments *
I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him *
nor suffer my truth to fail.
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.
His seed shall endure for ever *
and his seat is like as the sun before me.
He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon *
and as the faithful witness in heaven.
But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine Anointed *
and art displeased at him.
Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant *
and cast his crown to the ground.
Thou hast overthrown all his hedges *
and broken down his strong holds.
All they that go by spoil him *
and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies *
and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword *
and givest him not victory in the battle.
Thou hast put out his glory *
and cast his throne down to the ground.
The days of his youth hast thou shortened *
and covered him with dishonour.
Lord, how long wilt thou hide thyself, for ever *
and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
O remember how short my time is *
wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death *
and shall he deliver his soul from the hand of hell?
Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses *
which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have *
and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people.
Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, and slandered the footsteps of thine Anointed *
Praised be the Lord for evermore. Amen, and Amen.