Psalm 72
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A Prayer for the King

1God, endow the king with ability to rendera your justice,

and the king’s son to render your right decisions.

2May he rule your people with right decisions

and your oppressed ones with justice.

3May the mountains bring prosperity to the people

and the hills bring righteousness.

4May he defend the afflicted of the people

and deliver the children of the poor,

but crush the oppressor.

5May they fear you as long as the sun and moon shineb

from generation to generation.

6May he be like the rain that descends on mown grass,

like showers sprinkling on the ground.

7The righteous will flourish at the proper time

and peace will prevail until the moon is no more.

8May he rule from sea to sea,

from the Euphrates Riverc to the ends of the earth.

9May the nomads bow down before him,

and his enemies lick the dust.

10May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring gifts,

and may the kings of Sheba and Seba offer tribute.

11May all kings bow down to him,

and all nations serve him.

12For he will deliver the needy when they cry out for help,

and the poor when there is no deliverer.

13He will have compassion on the poor and the needy,

and he will save the lives of the needy.

14He will redeem themd from oppression and violence,

since their lives aree precious in his sight.

Prayer for the King

15May he live long and be given gold from Sheba,

and may prayer be offered for him continuously,

and may he be blessed every day.

16May grain be abundant in the land

all the wayf to the mountain tops;

may its fruits flourish

like the forests of Lebanon,

and may the cities sprout

like the grass of the earth.

Praising the God of Israel

17May his fameg be eternal—

as long as the sun—

may his name endure,

and may they be blessed through him,

and may all nations call him blessed.

18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,

who alone does awesome deeds.

19And blessed be his glorious name forever,

and may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Amen and amen!

20This ends the prayers of Jesse’s son David.

a 72:1 The Heb. lacks to render
b 72:5 The Heb. lacks shine
c 72:8 The Heb. lacks Euphrates
d 72:14 Lit. redeem their souls
e 72:14 Lit. their blood is
f 72:16 The Heb. lacks all the way
g 72:17 Lit. name

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