23:1 These are the final words of David:
“The oracle of David son of Jesse,
the oracle of the man raised up as
the ruler chosen by the God of Jacob,1
Israel’s beloved2 singer of songs:
23:2 The Lord’s spirit spoke through me;
his word was on my tongue.
the protector3 of Israel spoke to me.
The one who rules fairly among men,
the one who rules in the fear of God,
23:4 is like the light of morning when the sun comes up,
a morning in which there are no clouds.
He is like the brightness after rain
that produces grass from the earth.
23:5 My dynasty is approved by God,4
for he has made a perpetual covenant with me,
arranged in all its particulars and secured.
He always delivers me,
and brings all I desire to fruition.5
23:6 But evil people are like thorns—
all of them are tossed away,
for they cannot be held in the hand.
must use an iron instrument
or the wooden shaft of a spear.
They are completely burned up right where they lie!”6
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