These are the last words of David the son of Jesse. The God of Jacob chose David and made him a great king. The Mighty God of Israel loved him. When God told him to speak, David said:
The Spirit of the LORD has told me what to say.
Our Mighty Rock, the God of Jacob, told me,
a ruler who obeys God and does right
is like the sunrise on a cloudless day,
or like rain that sparkles on the grass.
I have ruled this way,
and God will never break His promise to me.
God’s promise is complete and unchanging;
He will always help me
and give me what I hope for.
But evil people are pulled up like thorn bushes.
They are not dug up by hand,
but with a sharp spear and are burned on the spot.