A Prayer for the King
Solomonic. # Ps 127 title
1God, give Your justice to the king
and Your righteousness to the king’s son. # 1Kg 3:9; 1Ch 22:12-13; Ps 24:5
2He will judge Your people with righteousness
and Your afflicted ones with justice. # Is 9:7; 11:2-5; 32:1
3May the mountains bring prosperity # Or peace to the people
and the hills, righteousness. # Is 11:9; 52:7; 55:12
4May he vindicate the afflicted among the people,
help the poor,
and crush the oppressor. # Ps 109:31; Is 11:4
5May he continue # LXX; MT reads May they fear you while the sun endures
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. # Ps 89:36-37
6May he be like rain that falls on the cut grass,
like spring showers that water the earth. # Dt 32:2; 2Sm 23:3-4; Hs 6:3
7May the righteous # Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer read May righteousness flourish in his days
and prosperity # Or peace abound
until the moon is no more. # Ps 37:11; Is 2:4; 60:21
8May he rule from sea to sea
and from the Euphrates
to the ends of the earth. # Gn 15:18; Ex 23:31; Zch 9:10
9May desert tribes kneel before him
and his enemies lick the dust. # Ps 22:29; Is 49:23; Mc 7:17
10May the kings of Tarshish
and the coasts and islands bring tribute,
the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. # 1Kg 10:22; 2Ch 9:21; Is 60:6
11Let all kings bow down to him,
all nations serve him. # Ps 86:9; 138:4; Is 49:23
12For he will rescue the poor who cry out
and the afflicted who have no helper. # Jb 29:12-17
13He will have pity on the poor and helpless
and save the lives of the poor. # Pr 19:17; 28:8
14He will redeem them from oppression and violence,
for their lives are # Lit their blood is precious # Or valuable in his sight. # Ps 69:18; 116:15
15May he live long!
May gold from Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be offered for him continually,
and may he be blessed all day long. # Is 60:6
16May there be plenty of grain in the land;
may it wave on the tops of the mountains.
May its crops be like Lebanon.
May people flourish in the cities
like the grass of the field. # Jb 5:25; Ps 104:16
17May his name endure forever;
as long as the sun shines,
may his fame increase.
May all nations be blessed by him
and call him blessed. # Gn 12:2-3; 22:18; Ps 89:36
18May the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonders, be praised. # Jb 9:10; Ps 86:10; 136:4
19May His glorious name be praised forever;
the whole earth is filled with His glory. # Nm 14:21; Is 6:3
Amen and amen.
20The prayers of David son of Jesse are concluded. # 2Sm 23:1