Psalm 72
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1[By Solomon.] O God, give the king your justice and the king's son your righteousness

2so that he may judge your people with righteousness and your oppressed [people] with justice.

3May the mountains bring peace to the people and the hills bring righteousness.

4May he grant justice to the people who are oppressed. May he save the children of needy people and crush their oppressor.

5May they fear you as long as the sun and moon [shine]- throughout every generation.

6May he be like rain that falls on [freshly] cut grass, like showers that water the land.

7May righteous people blossom in his day. May there be unlimited peace until the moon no longer [shines].

8May he rule from sea to sea, from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.

9May the people of the desert kneel in front of him. May his enemies lick the dust.

10May the kings from Tarshish and the islands bring presents. May the kings from Sheba and Seba bring gifts.

11May all kings worship him. May all nations serve him.

12He will rescue the needy person who cries for help and the oppressed person who has no one's help.

13He will have pity on the poor and needy and will save the lives of the needy.

14He will rescue them from oppression and violence. Their blood will be precious in his sight.

15May he live long. May the gold from Sheba be given to him. May [the people] pray for him continually. May [they] praise him all day long.

16May there be plenty of grain in the land. May it wave [in the breeze] on the mountaintops, its fruit like [the treetops of] Lebanon. May those from the city flourish like the grass on the ground.

17May his name endure forever. May his name continue as long as the sun [shines]. May all nations be blessed through him and call him blessed.

18Thank the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does miracles.

19Thanks be to his glorious name forever. May the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen!

20The prayers by David, son of Jesse, end here.

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