Psalm 72 (Today's New International Version)

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Of Solomon."

1 Endow the king with your justice,1 O God, the royal son with your righteousness. 2 May he judge your people in righteousness,2 your afflicted ones with justice. 3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. 4 May he defend the afflicted3 among the people and save the children of the needy;4 may he crush the oppressor.5 5 May he endurea6 as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.7 6 May he be like rain8 falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. 7 In his days may the righteous flourish9 and prosperity abound till the moon is no more. 8 May he rule from sea to sea and from the Riverb10 to the ends of the earth.11 9 May the desert tribes bow before him and his enemies lick the dust. 10 May the kings of Tarshish12 and of distant shores13 bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba14 and Seba present him gifts.15 11 May all kings bow down16 to him and all nations serve17 him. 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. 14 He will rescue19 them from oppression and violence, for precious20 is their blood in his sight. 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 16 May grain23 abound throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway. May the crops24 flourish like Lebanon25 and thrivec like the grass of the field.26 17 May his name endure forever;27 may it continue as long as the sun.28 Then all nations will be blessed through him,d and they will call him blessed.29 18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,30 who alone does marvelous deeds.31 19 Praise be to his glorious name32 forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.33 Amen and Amen.34 20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.35
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