Psalms 45

A Royal Wedding Song

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
11 and the king will desire your beauty.
Bow down to him, for he is your lord. s
12 The daughter of Tyre, the wealthy people,
will seek your favor with gifts. t

13 In her chamber, the royal daughter is all glorious,
her clothing embroidered with gold. u
14 In colorful garments she is led to the king;
after her, the virgins, her companions, are brought to you. v
15 They are led in with gladness and rejoicing;
they enter the king’s palace. w

16 Your sons will succeed your ancestors;
you will make them princes throughout the land. x
17 I will cause your name to be remembered for all generations;
therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever. y
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