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Psalm 72 (Lexham English Bible)

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Of Solomon.

A Prayer for the Prosperity of God’s Anointed King

1 aO God, give your judgments to [the] king, and your righteousness to [the] king's son. 2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. 3 Let [the] mountains yield prosperityb for the people, and [the] hills in righteousness. 4 May he provide justice [for the] poor of [the] people, save [the] children of [the] needy, and crush [the] oppressor. 5 May he live longc {while the sun endures}d {as long as the moon}e {for all generations}.f 6 May he descend like rain on mown grass, like showers watering [the] earth. 7 May [what is] right blossom in his days and an abundance of peace, until [the] moon is no more. 8 And may he rule from sea up to sea, and from [the] Riverg to [the] edges of [the] land. 9 Let [the] desert dwellers bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust. 10 Let the kings of Tarshish and [the] islands bring tribute. Let the kings of Sheba and Seba present gifts, 11 and let all kings bow down to him. Let all nations serve him. 12 Indeed he will deliver [the] needy [who is] crying for help, and [the] afflicted [who] has no helper. 13 He will take pity on [the] helpless and needy, and [the] lives of [the] needy he will save. 14 From oppression and from violence he will redeem their lives, and their blood will be precious in his eyes. 15 So may he live, and may gold from Sheba be given to him, and may prayers be offered for him continually. May blessings be invoked for him {all day long}.h 16 May there be an abundance of grain in the land [even] on [the] top of [the] mountains. May his cropi sway like the [trees of] Lebanon, and may [those] from [the] city blossom like the grass of the earth. 17 May his name endure forever. May his name increase {as long as the sun shines},j and let them be blessed in him. Let all nations call him blessed. 18 Blessed be Yahweh God, the God of Israel, [who] alone does wonderful things. 19 And blessed be his glorious name forever, and may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen. 20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are completed.
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