Psalms 72
A Prayer for the Prosperity of God’s Anointed King
Of Solomon.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1O God, give your judgments to the king,
and your righteousness to the king’s son.
2May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice.
3Let the mountains yield prosperity#Or “peace” for the people,
and the hills in righteousness.
4May he provide justice for the poor of the people,
save the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
5May he live long#This presupposes the reading, suggested by the LXX, that might indicate that two of the Hebrew root letters have been inverted. The Hebrew reads “They will/Let them fear” while the sun endures#Literally “with the sun”
as long as the moon#Literally “in the presence of the moon” for all generations.#Literally “generation of generations”
6May he descend like rain on mown grass,
like showers watering the earth.
7May what is right blossom in his days
and an abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.
8And may he rule from sea up to sea,
and from the River#That is, the Euphrates to the edges of the land.
9Let the desert dwellers bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust.
10Let the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute.
Let the kings of Sheba and Seba present gifts,
11and let all kings bow down to him.
Let all nations serve him.
12Indeed he will deliver the needy who is crying for help,
and the afflicted who has no helper.
13He will take pity on the helpless and needy,
and the lives of the needy he will save.
14From oppression and from violence
he will redeem their lives,
and their blood will be precious in his eyes.
15So may he live, and may gold from Sheba be given to him,
and may prayers be offered for him continually.
May blessings be invoked for him all day long.#Literally “all the day”
16May there be an abundance of grain in the land
even on the top of the mountains.
May his crop#Or “May his descendants” sway like the trees of Lebanon,
and may those from the city blossom like the grass of the earth.
17May his name endure forever.
May his name increase as long as the sun shines,#Literally “in the presence of the sun”
and let them be blessed in him.
Let all nations call him blessed.
18Blessed be Yahweh God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonderful things.
19And blessed be his glorious name forever,
and may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
20The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are completed.
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