Psalms 72

A Prayer for the King

1Solomonic. a

God, give Your justice to the king
and Your righteousness to the king’s son. b
2 He will judge Your people with righteousness
and Your afflicted ones with justice. c
3 May the mountains bring prosperity
Or peace
to the people
and the hills, righteousness. e
4 May he vindicate the afflicted among the people,
help the poor,
and crush the oppressor. f

5 May he continue
LXX; MT reads May they fear you
while the sun endures
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. h
6 May he be like rain that falls on the cut grass,
like spring showers that water the earth. i
7 May the righteous
Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer read May righteousness
flourish in his days
and prosperity
Or peace
until the moon is no more. l

8 May he rule from sea to sea
and from the Euphrates
to the ends of the earth. m
9 May desert tribes kneel before him
and his enemies lick the dust. n
10 May the kings of Tarshish
and the coasts and islands bring tribute,
the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. o
11 Let all kings bow down to him,
all nations serve him. p

12 For he will rescue the poor who cry out
and the afflicted who have no helper. q
13 He will have pity on the poor and helpless
and save the lives of the poor. r
14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence,
for their lives are
Lit their blood is
Or valuable
in his sight. u

15 May 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. v
16 May 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. w
17 May 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. x

18 May the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonders, be praised. y
19 May His glorious name be praised forever;
the whole earth is filled with His glory. z
Amen: The transliteration of a Hebrew word signifying that something is certain, valid, truthful, or faithful; it is often used at the end of biblical songs, hymns, and prayers.
Amen and amen.
20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are concluded. ab

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