4 I have set up a covenant with my elect. I have sworn to David my servant:
5 I will prepare your offspring, even in eternity. And I will build up your throne, from generation to generation.
6 The heavens will confess your miracles, Lord, and also your truth, in the Church of the saints.
7 For who among the clouds is equal to the Lord? Who among the sons of God is like God?
8 God is glorified by the counsel of the saints. He is great and terrible above all those who are around him.
9 O Lord, God of hosts, who is like you? You are powerful, Lord, and your truth is all around you.
10 You rule over the power of the sea, and you even mitigate the movement of its waves.
11 You have humbled the arrogant one, like one who has been wounded. You have scattered your enemies with the arm of your strength.
12 Yours are the heavens, and yours is the earth. You founded the whole world in all its fullness.
13 You created the north and the sea. Tabor and Hermon will exult in your name.
14 Your arm acts with power. Let your hand be strengthened, and let your right hand be exalted.
15 Justice and judgment are the preparation of your throne. Mercy and truth will precede your face.
16 Blessed is the people that knows jubilation. They will walk in the light of your countenance, O Lord,
17 and they will exult in your name all day long, and they will be exalted in your justice.
18 For you are the glory of their virtue, and in your goodness, our horn will be exalted.
19 For our assumption is of the Lord, and it is of our king, the holy one of Israel.
20 Then you spoke in a vision to your holy ones, and you said: I have stationed help with the powerful one, and I have exalted the elect one from my people.
21 I have found my servant David. I have anointed him with my holy oil.
22 For my hand will assist him, and my arm will fortify him.
23 The enemy will have no advantage over him, nor will the son of iniquity be positioned to harm him.
24 And I will cut down his enemies before his face. And those who hate him, I will turn to flight.
25 And my truth and my mercy will be with him. And his horn will be exalted in my name.
26 And I will place his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
27 He will invoke me: "You are my father, my God, and the support of my salvation."
28 And I will make him the first-born, preeminent before the kings of the earth.
29 I will preserve my mercy for him eternally, and my covenant for him faithfully.
30 And I will set his offspring from generation to generation, and his throne like the days of heaven.
31 But if his sons abandon my law, and if they do not walk in my judgments,
32 if they profane my justices, and if they do not keep my commandments:
33 I will visit their iniquities with a rod, and their sins with a beating.
34 But I will not scatter my mercy from him, and I will not do harm to my truth.
2 Chronicles 24:17-25
17 Then, after Jehoiada passed away, the leaders of Judah entered and reverenced the king. And he was enticed by their obsequiousness, and so he acquiesced to them.
18 And they abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and they served sacred groves and graven images. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem because of this sin.
19 And he sent prophets to them, so that they might return to the Lord. And though they were offering testimony, they were not willing to listen to them.
20 And so the Spirit of God clothed Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada the priest. And he stood in the sight of the people, and he said to them: "Thus says the Lord God: Why have you transgressed the precept of the Lord, though it was not to your benefit, and why have you abandoned the Lord, so that he would then abandon you?"
21 And gathering together against him, they stoned him, beside the place of the king, in the atrium of the house of the Lord.
22 And king Joash did not remember the mercy with which Jehoiada, his father, had treated him; instead he put to death his son. And as he was dying, he said: "May the Lord see and take account."
23 And when a year had turned, the army of Syria ascended against him. And they went to Judah and Jerusalem. And they put to death all the leaders of the people. And they sent all the spoils to the king of Damascus.
24 And although certainly there had arrived a very small number of Syrians, the Lord delivered into their hands an immense multitude. For they had forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers. Also, against Joash they executed disgraceful judgments.
25 And upon departing, they left him greatly debilitated. Then his servants rose up against him, in vengeance for the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest. And they killed him on his bed, and he died. And they buried him in the City of David, but not in the sepulchers of the kings.
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