Psalm 72
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Psalm 72

For Solomon.

1O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions!

Grant the king’s son the ability to make fair decisions!

2Then he will judge your people fairly,

and your oppressed ones equitably.

3The mountains will bring news of peace to the people,

and the hills will announce justice.

4He will defend the oppressed among the people;

he will deliver the children of the poor

and crush the oppressor.

5People will fear you as long as the sun and moon remain in the sky,

for generation after generation.

6He will descend like rain on the mown grass,

like showers that drench the earth.

7During his days the godly will flourish;

peace will prevail as long as the moon remains in the sky.

8May he rule from sea to sea,

and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth!

9Before him the coastlands will bow down,

and his enemies will lick the dust.

10The kings of Tarshish and the coastlands will offer gifts;

the kings of Sheba and Seba will bring tribute.

11All kings will bow down to him;

all nations will serve him.

12For he will rescue the needy when they cry out for help,

and the oppressed who have no defender.

13He will take pity on the poor and needy;

the lives of the needy he will save.

14From harm and violence he will defend them;

he will value their lives.

15May he live! May they offer him gold from Sheba!

May they continually pray for him!

May they pronounce blessings on him all day long!

16May there be an abundance of grain in the earth;

on the tops of the mountains may it sway!

May its fruit trees flourish like the forests of Lebanon!

May its crops be as abundant as the grass of the earth!

17May his fame endure!

May his dynasty last as long as the sun remains in the sky!

May they use his name when they formulate their blessings!

May all nations consider him to be favored by God!

18The Lord God, the God of Israel, deserves praise!

He alone accomplishes amazing things!

19His glorious name deserves praise forevermore!

May his majestic splendor fill the whole earth!

We agree! We agree!

20This collection of the prayers of David son of Jesse ends here.

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