You spoke in a vision to your saints, and said, *
“I have set the crown upon one who 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 his foes before his face *
and strike down those who hate him.
My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him, *
and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
I will give him dominion over the sea, *
and with his right hand shall he rule the rivers.
He shall say to me, “You are my Father, *
my God and the rock of my salvation.”
And I will make him my firstborn, *
higher than the kings of the earth.
My mercy will I keep for him for ever, *
and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
His seed will I make to endure for ever *
and his throne as the days of heaven.
But if his children forsake my law, *
and do not walk in my judgments,
If they break my statutes and do not keep my commandments, *
I will punish their offenses with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness I will not utterly take from him, *
nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.
My covenant I will not break, *
nor alter the word that has 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 throne as the sun before me.
It shall endure for evermore as the moon, *
and as the faithful witness in the heavens.
But you have rejected and forsaken your Anointed; *
you are full of wrath against him.
You have broken the covenant with your servant; *
you have defiled his crown and cast it to the ground.
You have overthrown all his walls *
and broken down his strongholds.
All those who go by plunder him, *
and he has become a reproach to his neighbors.
You have exalted the right hand of his enemies, *
and made all his adversaries rejoice.
You have turned back the edge of his sword *
and have not given him victory in the battle.
You have taken away his glory *
and cast his throne down to the ground.
The days of his youth you have shortened *
and covered him with dishonor.
Lord, how long will you utterly hide yourself? *
How long shall your wrath burn like fire?
O remember how short my time is; *
why have you made all people for nought?
What man is there who lives and shall not see death, *
and shall deliver his soul from the power of the Grave?
Lord, where are your loving-kindnesses of old, *
which you swore to David in your faithfulness?
Remember, Lord, how your servants are reproached, *
and how I bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
Remember how your enemies have reproached you, O Lord; *
how they have called after your Anointed King with cries of scorn.
Praised be the Lord for evermore. *
Amen and Amen.