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Psalm 45 (Today's New International Version)

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

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace,1 since God has blessed you forever.2 3 Gird your sword3 on your side, you mighty one;4 clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.5 4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously6 in the cause of truth, humility and justice;7 let your right hand8 achieve awesome deeds.9 5 Let your sharp arrows10 pierce the hearts11 of the king's enemies;12 let the nations fall beneath your feet. 6 Your throne, O God,a will last for ever and ever;13 a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness14 and hate wickedness;15 therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing16 you with the oil of joy.17 8 All your robes are fragrant18 with myrrh19 and aloes20 and cassia;21 from palaces adorned with ivory22 the music of the strings23 makes you glad. 9 Daughters of kings24 are among your honored women; at your right hand25 is the royal bride26 in gold of Ophir.27 10 Listen, daughter,28 and pay careful attention:29 Forget your people30 and your father's house. 11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;31 honor32 him, for he is your lord.33 12 The city of Tyre34 will come with a gift,b35 people of wealth will seek your favor. 13 All glorious36 is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.37 14 In embroidered garments38 she is led to the king;39 her virgin companions40 follow her-- those brought to be with her. 15 Led in with joy and gladness,41 they enter the palace of the king. 16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes42 throughout the land. 17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;43 therefore the nations will praise you44 for ever and ever.45
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