Psalms 45:1-10

1For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.”
Possibly a tune; Pss 60; 69; 80
Maskil: From a Hebrew word meaning to be prudent or to have insight; possibly a contemplative, instructive, or wisdom psalm
of the sons of Korah. A love song.

My heart is moved by a noble theme
as I recite my verses to the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. c
2 You are the most handsome of
men: Literally sons of man or sons of Adam
grace flows from your lips. e
Therefore God has blessed you forever. f

3 Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side.
In your majesty and splendor g
4 in your splendor ride triumphantly
in the cause of truth, humility, and justice.
May your right hand show your awe-inspiring acts. h
5 Your arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
the peoples fall under you. i

6 Your throne, j God, is
Or Your divine throne is, or Your throne is God’s
forever and ever;
the scepter of Your
Or your
kingdom is a scepter of justice. m
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; n
therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of joy
more than your companions.
8 Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume all your garments;
from ivory palaces harps bring you joy. o
9 Kings’ daughters are among your honored women; p
the queen, adorned with gold from Ophir,
stands at your right hand. q

10 Listen, daughter, pay attention and consider:
forget your people and your father’s house, r
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