To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.1 My heart is overflowing with a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made concerning the king: my tongue is the pen of a skilful writer. ▼
▼Maschil: or, of instruction, ▼
▼is inditing: Heb. boileth, or, bubbleth up2Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. 3Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. 4And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. ▼
▼ride...: Heb. prosper thou, ride thou5Thy arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; by which the people fall under thee. 6Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a sceptre of justice. 7Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy companions. 8All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made thee glad. 9Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand stood the queen in gold of Ophir. 10Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thy ear; forget also thy own people, and thy father’s house; 11So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 12And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favour. ▼
▼favour: Heb. face13The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. 14She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought to thee. 15With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace. 16Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. 17I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
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