Psalms 45

Psalms 45

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1 For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be sung to the tune <169>Lilies.<170> A love song. My heart overflows with a beautiful thought! I will recite a lovely poem to the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

2 You are the most handsome of all. Gracious words stream from your lips. God himself has blessed you forever.

3 Put on your sword, O mighty warrior! You are so glorious, so majestic!

4 In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!

5 Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies' hearts. The nations fall before you, lying down beneath your feet.

6 Your throne, O God,* endures forever and ever. Your royal power is expressed in justice.1

7 You love what is right and hate what is wrong. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

8 Your robes are perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cassia. In palaces decorated with ivory, you are entertained by the music of harps.

9 Kings' daughters are among your concubines. At your right side stands the queen, wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!

10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your people and your homeland far away.

11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.

12 The princes of Tyre* will shower you with gifts. People of great wealth will entreat your favor.2

13 The bride, a princess, waits within her chamber, dressed in a gown woven with gold.

14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids.

15 What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the king's palace!

16 Your sons will become kings like their father. You will make them rulers over many lands.

17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation. Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

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1: Or Your divine throne.

2: Hebrew The daughter of Tyre.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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