For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.

1 abMy heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

References for Psalms 45:1

    • È 45:1 - In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.
    • É 45:1 - Title: Probably a literary or musical term
      2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.

      References for Psalms 45:2

      3 Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
      4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
      5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.

      References for Psalms 45:5

      6 Your throne, O God,c will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

      References for Psalms 45:6

        • Ê 45:6 - Here the king is addressed as God’s representative.
          7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
          8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.
          9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

          References for Psalms 45:9

          10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house.

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          11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.
          12 The city of Tyre will come with a gift,dpeople of wealth will seek your favor.

          References for Psalms 45:12

            • Ë 45:12 - Or "A Tyrian robe is among the gifts"
              13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.

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              14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her— those brought to be with her.

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              15 Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king.

              References for Psalms 45:15

              16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.

              References for Psalms 45:16

              17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.