Psalm 72 NIV

Of Solomon.

1 Endow the king with your justice,1 O God, the royal son with your righteousness.

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2 He willa judge your people in righteousness,2 your afflicted ones with justice.

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    • a 72:2 - Or "May he"; similarly in verses 3-11 and 17
      3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.
      4 He will defend the afflicted3 among the people and save the children of the needy;4 he will crush the oppressor.5

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      5 He will endureb6 as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.7

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        • b 72:5 - Septuagint; Hebrew "You will be feared"
          6 He will be like rain8 falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.

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          7 In his days the righteous will flourish;9 prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.

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          8 He will rule from sea to sea and from the Riverc10 to the ends of the earth.d11

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            • c 72:8 - That is, the Euphrates
            • d 72:8 - Or "the end of the land"
              9 The desert tribes will bow before him and his enemies will lick the dust.
              10 The kings of Tarshish12 and of distant shores13 will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba14 and Seba will present him gifts.15

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              11 All kings will bow down16 to him and all nations will serve17 him.

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              12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.
              13 He will take pity18 on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.

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              14 He will rescue19 them from oppression and violence, for precious20 is their blood in his sight.

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              15 Long may he live! May gold from Sheba21 be given him. May people ever pray for him and bless him all day long.22

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              16 Let grain23 abound throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway. Let its fruit24 flourish like Lebanon;25 let it thrive like the grass of the field.26

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              17 May his name endure forever;27 may it continue as long as the sun.28 All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.29

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              18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,30 who alone does marvelous deeds.31

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              19 Praise be to his glorious name32 forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.33 Amen and Amen.34

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              20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.35

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