Psalms 72

Give the King Your Justice

Of a  Solomon.

1 Give the king your b  justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
2May he c  judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
3Let the mountains bear d  prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
4May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!
5 May they fear you
Septuagint He shall endure
f  the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, g  throughout all generations!
6May he be like h  rain that falls on i  the mown grass,
like j  showers that water the earth!
7In his days may k  the righteous flourish,
and l  peace abound, till the moon be no more!
8 May he have dominion from m  sea to sea,
and from n  the River
That is,  the Euphrates
to the p  ends of the earth!
9May desert tribes q  bow down before him,
and his enemies r  lick the dust!
10May the kings of s  Tarshish and of t  the coastlands
render him u  tribute;
may the kings of v  Sheba and w  Seba
bring gifts!
11May all kings x  fall down before him,
all nations serve him!
12 For he delivers y  the needy when he calls,
the poor and him who has no helper.
13He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
14From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
and z  precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live;
may aa  gold of Sheba be given to him!
May prayer be made ab  for him continually,
and blessings invoked for him all the day!
16May there be abundance of grain in the land;
on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people ac  blossom in the cities
like the ad  grass of the field!
17 ae  May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
af  May people be blessed in him,
ag  all nations call him blessed!
18 ah  Blessed be the  Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does ai  wondrous things.
19Blessed be his aj  glorious name forever;
may ak  the whole earth be filled with his glory!

al  Amen and Amen!
20 am  The prayers of an  David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

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