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1By Shlomo:
God, give the king your fairness in judgment,
endow this son of kings with your righteousness,
2so that he can govern your people rightly
and your poor with justice.
3May mountains and hills provide your people
with peace through righteousness.
4May he defend the oppressed among the people,
save the needy and crush the oppressor.
5May they fear you as long as the sun endures
and as long as the moon, through all generations.
6May he be like rain falling on mown grass,
like showers watering the land.
7In his days, let the righteous flourish
and peace abound, till the moon is no more.
8May his empire stretch from sea to sea,
from the [Euphrates] River to the ends of the earth.
9May desert-dwellers bow before him;
may his enemies lick the dust.
10The kings of Tarshish and the coasts will pay him tribute;
the kings of Sh’va and S’va will offer gifts.
11Yes, all kings will prostrate themselves before him;
all nations will serve him.
12For he will rescue the needy when they cry,
the poor too and those with none to help them.
13He will have pity on the poor and needy;
and the lives of the needy he will save.
14He will redeem them from oppression and violence;
their blood will be precious in his view.
15May [the king] live long!
May they give him gold from the land of Sh’va!
May they pray for him continually;
yes, bless him all day long.
16May there be an abundance of grain in the land,
all the way to the tops of the mountains.
May its crops rustle like the L’vanon.
May people blossom in the city like the grasses in the fields.
17May his name endure forever,
his name, Yinnon, as long as the sun.
May people bless themselves in him,
may all nations call him happy.
18Blessed be Adonai, God,
the God of Isra’el,
who alone works wonders.
19Blessed be his glorious name forever,
and may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen. Amen.
20This completes the prayers of David the son of Yishai.