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Psalm 45a

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.b A wedding song.s

My heart is stirred by a noble theme

as I recite my verses for the king;

my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men

and your lips have been anointed with grace,t

since God has blessed you forever.u

Gird your swordv on your side, you mighty one;w

clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.x

In your majesty ride forth victoriouslyy

in the cause of truth, humility and justice;z

let your right handa achieve awesome deeds.b

Let your sharp arrowsc pierce the heartsd of the king’s enemies;e

let the nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God,c will last for ever and ever;f

a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

You love righteousnessg and hate wickedness;h

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointingi you with the oil of joy.j

All your robes are fragrantk with myrrhl and aloesm and cassia;n

from palaces adorned with ivoryo

the music of the stringsp makes you glad.

Daughters of kingsq are among your honored women;

at your right handr is the royal brides in gold of Ophir.t

10 Listen, daughter,u and pay careful attention:v

Forget your peoplew and your father’s house.

11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;x

honory him, for he is your lord.z

12 The city of Tyrea will come with a gift,d b

people of wealth will seek your favor.

13 All gloriousc is the princess within her chamber;

her gown is interwoven with gold.d

14 In embroidered garmentse she is led to the king;f

her virgin companionsg follow her—

those brought to be with her.

15 Led in with joy and gladness,h

they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;

you will make them princesi throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;j

therefore the nations will praise youk for ever and ever.l


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