Psalms 72

Psalms 72

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1 A psalm of Solomon. Give justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king's son.

2 Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.

3 May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful, because the king does what is right.

4 Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors.

5 May he live* as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon continues in the skies. Yes, forever!1

6 May his reign be as refreshing as the springtime rains-- like the showers that water the earth.

7 May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the end of time.

8 May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River* to the ends of the earth.2

9 Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust.

10 The western kings of Tarshish and the islands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts.

11 All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.

12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.

13 He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.

14 He will save them from oppression and from violence, for their lives are precious to him.

15 Long live the king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him. May the people always pray for him and bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundant crops throughout the land, flourishing even on the mountaintops. May the fruit trees flourish as they do in Lebanon, sprouting up like grass in a field.

17 May the king's name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise.

18 Bless the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.

19 Bless his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen!

20 (This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.)

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1: As in Greek version; Hebrew reads May they fear you.

2: Hebrew the river.

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

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