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Psalms 72

Psalms 72:1  
Of Solomon. Give the king your authority, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son.

Psalms 72:2  
May he be a judge of your people in righteousness, and make true decisions for the poor.

Psalms 72:3  
May the mountains give peace to the people, and the hills righteousness.

Psalms 72:4  
May he be a judge of the poor among the people, may he give salvation to the children of those who are in need; by him let the violent be crushed.

Psalms 72:5  
May his life go on as long as the sun and moon, through all generations.

Psalms 72:6  
May he come down like rain on the cut grass; like showers watering the earth.

Psalms 72:7  
In his days may the upright do well, living in peace as long as there is a moon in heaven.

Psalms 72:8  
Let his kingdom be from sea to sea, from the River to the ends of the earth.

Psalms 72:9  
Let those who are against him go down before him; and let his haters be low in the dust.

Psalms 72:10  
Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands come back with offerings; let the kings of Sheba and Seba give of their stores.

Psalms 72:11  
Yes, let all kings go down before him; let all nations be his servants.

Psalms 72:12  
For he will be a saviour to the poor in answer to his cry; and to him who is in need, without a helper.

Psalms 72:13  
He will have pity on the poor, and be the saviour of those who are in need.

Psalms 72:14  
He will keep their souls free from evil designs and violent attacks; and their blood will be of value in his eyes.

Psalms 72:15  
May he have long life, and may gold from Sheba be given to him: may prayers be made for him at all times; may blessings be on him every day.

Psalms 72:16  
May there be wide-stretching fields of grain in the land, shaking on the top of the mountains, full of fruit like Lebanon: may its stems be unnumbered like the grass of the earth.

Psalms 72:17  
May his name go on for ever, as long as the sun: may men be blessing themselves by him; may all nations be blessing his name.

Psalms 72:18  
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, the only doer of wonders.

Psalms 72:19  
Praise to the glory of his noble name for ever; let all the earth be full of his glory. So be it, So be it.

Psalms 72:20  
The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended. A Psalm. Of Asaph.


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