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Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

Endow the king with your justice,p O God,

the royal son with your righteousness.

May he judge your people in righteousness,q

your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,

the hills the fruit of righteousness.

May he defend the afflictedr among the people

and save the children of the needy;s

may he crush the oppressor.t

May he endurea u as long as the sun,

as long as the moon, through all generations.v

May he be like rainw falling on a mown field,

like showers watering the earth.

In his days may the righteous flourishx

and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

May he rule from sea to sea

and from the Riverb y to the ends of the earth.z

May the desert tribes bow before him

and his enemies lick the dust.

10 May the kings of Tarshisha and of distant shoresb

bring tribute to him.

May the kings of Shebac and Seba

present him gifts.d

11 May all kings bow downe to him

and all nations servef him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,

the afflicted who have no one to help.

13 He will take pityg on the weak and the needy

and save the needy from death.

14 He will rescueh them from oppression and violence,

for preciousi is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!

May gold from Shebaj be given him.

May people ever pray for him

and bless him all day long.k

16 May grainl abound throughout the land;

on the tops of the hills may it sway.

May the cropsm flourish like Lebanonn

and thrivec like the grass of the field.o

17 May his name endure forever;p

may it continue as long as the sun.q

Then all nations will be blessed through him,d

and they will call him blessed.r

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,s

who alone does marvelous deeds.t

19 Praise be to his glorious nameu forever;

may the whole earth be filled with his glory.v

Amen and Amen.w

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.x


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