Psalm 72

Give the King Your Justice

Of Solomon.

1 Give the king your 1justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son!
2 May he 2judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!
3 Let the mountains bear 3prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!
4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
5 May they fear youa while 4the sun endures, and as long as the moon, 5throughout all generations!
6 May he be like 6rain that falls on 7the mown grass, like 8showers that water the earth!
7 In his days may 9the righteous flourish, and 10peace abound, till the moon be no more!
8 May he have dominion from 11sea to sea, and from 12the Riverb to the 13ends of the earth!
9 May desert tribes 14bow down before him, and his enemies 15lick the dust!
10 May the kings of 16Tarshish and of 17the coastlands render him 18tribute; may the kings of 19Sheba and 20Seba bring gifts!
11 May all kings 21fall down before him, all nations serve him!
12 For he delivers 22the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and 23precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live; may 24gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made 25for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day!
16 May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people 26blossom in the cities like the 27grass of the field!
17 28May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! 29May people be blessed in him, 30all nations call him blessed!
18 31Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does 32wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his 33glorious name forever; may 34the whole earth be filled with his glory! 35Amen and Amen!
20 36The prayers of 37David, the son of Jesse, are ended.
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