The Reign of the Righteous King.
A Psalm of Solomon.
72 Give the king Your judgments, God,
And Your righteousness to the king’s son.
2 [a]May [b]he judge Your people with righteousness
And [c]Your afflicted with justice.
3 [d]May the mountains bring [e]peace to the people,
And the hills, in righteousness.
4 [f]May he vindicate the [g]afflicted of the people,
Save the children of the needy,
And crush the oppressor.
5 [h]May they fear You while the sun shines,
And [i]as long as the moon shines, throughout all generations.
6 [j]May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,
Like showers that water the earth.
7 [k]May the righteous flourish in his days,
As well as an abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.
8 May he also rule from sea to sea,
And from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
9 [l]May the nomads of the desert bow before him,
And his enemies lick the dust.
10 [m]May the kings of Tarshish and of the [n]islands bring gifts;
May the kings of Sheba and Seba offer tributes.
11 [o]And may all kings bow down before him,
All nations serve him.
12 For he will save the needy when he cries for help,
The [p]afflicted also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy,
And he will save the [q]lives of the needy.
14 He will [r]rescue their [s]life from oppression and violence,
And their blood will be precious in his sight;
15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him;
And [t]they are to pray for him continually;
[u]They are to bless him all day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth on top of the mountains;
Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon;
And may those from the city flourish like the vegetation of the earth.
17 May his name endure forever;
May his name produce descendants [v]as long as the sun shines;
And may people wish blessings on themselves by him;
May all nations call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who alone works wonders.
19 And blessed be His glorious name forever;
And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen and Amen.
20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
- Psalm 72:2 Or He will judge
- Psalm 72:2 Many of the pronouns in this Psalm may be rendered He since the typical reference is to the Messiah
- Psalm 72:2 Or Your humble
- Psalm 72:3 Or The mountains will bring
- Psalm 72:3 Or prosperity
- Psalm 72:4 Or He will vindicate
- Psalm 72:4 Or humble
- Psalm 72:5 Or They will fear
- Psalm 72:5 Lit before the moon
- Psalm 72:6 Or He will come down
- Psalm 72:7 Or The righteous will flourish
- Psalm 72:9 Or The nomads...will bow
- Psalm 72:10 Or The kings...will bring
- Psalm 72:10 Or coastlands
- Psalm 72:11 Or All kings will bow down
- Psalm 72:12 Or humble
- Psalm 72:13 Lit souls
- Psalm 72:14 Lit redeem
- Psalm 72:14 Lit soul
- Psalm 72:15 Lit he is to
- Psalm 72:15 Lit He is to
- Psalm 72:17 Lit before the sun