A Prayer for the King
1God, give the king your good judgment
and the king’s son your goodness.
2Help him judge your people fairly.
Help him decide what is right for the poor.
3Let there be peace on the mountains
and goodness on the hills.
4Help him be fair to the poor.
Help him save the needy
and punish those who hurt them.
5Help him live as long as the sun shines.
Help him rule as long as the moon glows.
Let him be king from now on!
6Let him be like rain on the grass,
like showers that water the earth.
7Let goodness be plentiful while he lives.
Let peace continue as long as there is a moon.
8Let his kingdom go from sea to sea,
and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
9Let the people of the desert bow down to him.
And make his enemies lick the dust.
10Let the kings of Tarshish and the faraway lands
bring him gifts.
Let the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring their presents to him.
11Let all kings bow down to him.
Let all nations serve him.
12He will help the poor when they cry for help.
He will help the needy when no one else will help them.
13He will be kind to the weak and poor.
He will save their lives.
14He will save them from cruel people who try to hurt them.
Their lives are precious to him.
15Long live the king!
Let him receive gold from Sheba.
Let people always pray for him.
Let them bless him all day long.
16Let the fields grow plenty of grain.
Let the hills be covered with crops.
Let the land be as fertile as Lebanon.
Let the cities grow like the grass in a field.
17Let the king be famous forever.
Let him be remembered as long as the sun shines.
Let the nations be blessed because of him.
And may they all bless him.
18Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel.
Only he does such miracles.
19Praise his glorious name forever.
Let his glory fill the whole world.
20This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.