Give the gift of wise rule to the king, O God, the gift of just rule to the crown prince.
May he judge your people rightly, be honorable to your meek and lowly.
Let the mountains give exuberant witness; shape the hills with the contours of right living.
Please stand up for the poor, help the children of the needy, come down hard on the cruel tyrants.
Outlast the sun, outlive the moon - age after age after age.
Be rainfall on cut grass, earth-refreshing rain showers.
Let righteousness burst into blossom and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.
Rule from sea to sea, from the River to the Rim.
Foes will fall on their knees before God, his enemies lick the dust.
Kings remote and legendary will pay homage, kings rich and resplendent will turn over their wealth.
All kings will fall down and worship, and godless nations sign up to serve him,
Because he rescues the poor at the first sign of need, the destitute who have run out of luck.
He opens a place in his heart for the down-and-out, he restores the wretched of the earth.
He frees them from tyranny and torture - when they bleed, he bleeds; when they die, he dies.
And live! Oh, let him live! Deck him out in Sheba gold. Offer prayers unceasing to him, bless him from morning to night.
Fields of golden grain in the land, cresting the mountains in wild exuberance, Cornucopias of praise, praises springing from the city like grass from the earth.
May he never be forgotten, his fame shine on like sunshine. May all godless people enter his circle of blessing and bless the One who blessed them.
Blessed God, Israel's God, the one and only wonder-working God!
Blessed always his blazing glory! All earth brims with his glory.
Yes and Yes and Yes.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)