You vowed of old to your servant David,
mercifully anointing the shoot of Jesse:
You sustained his authority in your sanctity for
he spread your praise to the ends of the earth:
You set his name as an eternal pillar;
he repairs the breach and rebuilds the ruins:
A cornerstone despised by the builders
you have raised to the headstone above all nations:
Joyfully you crown him with glory,
calling him the splendor of all nations
—translated by Azzan Yadin-Israel
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