A Prayer for the King
Of Solomon.72:0 Ps 127
1God, give your justice to the king
2He will judge your people with righteousness
3May the mountains bring well-being72:3 Or peace, also in v. 7 to the people
4May he vindicate the afflicted among the people,
help the poor,
5May they fear you72:5 LXX reads May he continue while the sun endures
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.72:5 Ps 89:36–37
6May the king be like rain that falls on the cut grass,
7May the righteous72:7 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer read May righteousness flourish in his days
and well-being abound
8May he rule from sea to sea
and from the Euphrates
9May desert tribes kneel before him
10May the kings of Tarshish
and the coasts and islands bring tribute,
11Let all kings bow in homage to him,
12For he will rescue the poor who cry out
and the afflicted who have no helper.72:12 Jb 29:12–17
13He will have pity on the poor and helpless
14He will redeem them from oppression and violence,
for their lives are72:14 Lit their blood is precious72:14 Or valuable in his sight.72:14 Ps 69:18; 116:15
15May he live long!
May gold from Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be offered for him continually,
and may he be blessed all day long.72:15 Is 60:6
16May there be plenty of grain in the land;
may it wave on the tops of the mountains.
May its crops be like Lebanon.
May people flourish in the cities
17May his name endure forever;
as long as the sun shines,
may his fame increase.
May all nations be blessed by him
18Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
19Blessed be his glorious name forever;
Amen and amen.
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