Psalm 72:4-20 NIV

4 He will defend the afflicted1 among the people and save the children of the needy;2 he will crush the oppressor.3

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5 He will endurea4 as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.5

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    • b 72:5 - Septuagint; Hebrew "You will be feared"
      6 He will be like rain6 falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.

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

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      8 He will rule from sea to sea and from the Riverb8 to the ends of the earth.c9

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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 Tarshish10 and of distant shores11 will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba12 and Seba will present him gifts.13

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          11 All kings will bow down14 to him and all nations will serve15 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 pity16 on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.

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          14 He will rescue17 them from oppression and violence, for precious18 is their blood in his sight.

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          15 Long may he live! May gold from Sheba19 be given him. May people ever pray for him and bless him all day long.20

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          16 Let grain21 abound throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway. Let its fruit22 flourish like Lebanon;23 let it thrive like the grass of the field.24

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          17 May his name endure forever;25 may it continue as long as the sun.26 All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.27

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          18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,28 who alone does marvelous deeds.29

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          19 Praise be to his glorious name30 forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.31 Amen and Amen.32

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          20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.33

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