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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Psalm 72

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PSALM 72

The Reign of the Righteous King.

A Psalm of Solomon.

1 Give the king aYour judgments, O God,

And bYour righteousness to the king’s son.

2 1May 2he ajudge Your people with righteousness

And 3bYour afflicted with justice.

3 1Let the mountains bring 2apeace to the people,

And the hills, in righteousness.

4 1May he avindicate the 2afflicted of the people,

Save the children of the needy

And crush the oppressor.

5 1Let them fear You awhile the sun endures,

And 2as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

6 1May he come down alike rain upon the mown grass,

Like bshowers that water the earth.

7 In his days 1may the arighteous flourish,

And babundance of peace till the moon is no more.

8 May he also rule afrom sea to sea

And from the River to the ends of the earth.

9 1Let athe nomads of the desert bbow before him,

And his enemies click the dust.

10 1Let the kings of aTarshish and of the 2bislands bring presents;

The kings of cSheba and dSeba eoffer 3gifts.

11 1And let all akings bow down before him,

All bnations serve him.

12 For he will adeliver the needy when he cries for help,

The 1afflicted also, and him who has no helper.

13 He will have acompassion on the poor and needy,

And the 1lives of the needy he will save.

14 He will 1arescue their 2life from oppression and violence,

And their blood will be bprecious in his sight;

15 So may he live, and may the agold of Sheba be given to him;

And let 1them pray for him continually;

Let 1them bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains;

Its fruit will wave like the cedars of aLebanon;

And may those from the city flourish like bvegetation of the earth.

17 May his aname endure forever;

May his name 1increase 2bas long as the sun shines;

And let men cbless themselves by him;

dLet all nations call him blessed.

18 aBlessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,

Who alone bworks wonders.

19 And blessed be His aglorious name forever;

And may the whole bearth be filled with His glory.

cAmen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

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Or He will judge

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Many of the pronouns in this Psalm may be rendered He since the typical reference is to the Messiah

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Or Your humble

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Or The mountains will bring

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Or prosperity

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Or He will vindicate

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Or humble

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Or They will fear

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Lit before the moon

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Or He will come down

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Or the righteous will flourish

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Or The nomads … will bow

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Or The kings … will bring

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Or tribute

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Or All kings will bow down

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Lit him

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