Psalms 72
Of Solomon.
1God, give your judgments to the king.
Give your righteousness to the king’s son.
2Let him judge your people with righteousness
and your poor ones with justice.
3Let the mountains bring peace to the people;
let the hills bring righteousness.
4Let the king bring justice to people who are poor;
let him save the children of those who are needy,
but let him crush oppressors!
5Let the king live#LXX; MT May they fear you. as long as the sun,
as long as the moon,
generation to generation.
6Let him fall like rain upon fresh-cut grass,
like showers that water the earth.
7Let the righteous flourish throughout their lives,
and let peace prosper until the moon is no more.
8Let the king rule from sea to sea,
from the river to the ends of the earth.
9Let the desert dwellers bow low before him;
let his enemies lick the dust.
10Let the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute;
let the kings of Sheba and Seba present gifts.
11Let all the kings bow down before him;
let all the nations serve him.
12Let it be so, because he delivers the needy who cry out,
the poor, and those who have no helper.
13He has compassion on the weak and the needy;
he saves the lives of those who are in need.
14He redeems their lives from oppression and violence;
their blood is precious in his eyes.
15Let the king live long!
Let Sheba’s gold be given to him!
Let him be prayed for always!
Let him be blessed all day long!
16Let there be abundant grain in the land.
Let it wave on the mountaintops.
Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon.
Let it thrive like grass on the land.
17Let the king’s name last forever.
Let his name endure as long as the sun.
Let all the nations be blessed through him and call him happy.
18Bless the LORD God, the God of Israel—
the only one who does wondrous things!
19Bless God’s glorious name forever;
let his glory fill all the earth!
Amen and Amen!
20The prayers of David, Jesse’s son, are ended.
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