Psalm 72
A Prayer for the King
Of Solomon.72:0 Ps 127
1God, give your justice to the king
and your righteousness to the king’s son.72:1 1Kg 3:9; 1Ch 22:12–13; Ps 24:5
2He will judge your people with righteousness
and your afflicted ones with justice.72:2 Is 9:7; 11:2–5; 32:1
3May the mountains bring well-being72:3 Or peace, also in v. 7 to the people
and the hills, righteousness.72:3 Is 11:9; 52:7; 55:12
4May he vindicate the afflicted among the people,
help the poor,
and crush the oppressor.72:4 Ps 109:31; Is 11:4

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,
like spring showers that water the earth.72:6 Dt 32:2; 2Sm 23:3–4; Hs 6:3
7May the righteous72:7 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Jer read May righteousness flourish in his days
and well-being abound
until the moon is no more.72:7 Ps 37:11; Is 2:4; 60:21

8May he rule from sea to sea
and from the Euphrates
to the ends of the earth.72:8 Gn 15:18; Ex 23:31; Zch 9:10
9May desert tribes kneel before him
and his enemies lick the dust.72:9 Ps 22:29; Is 49:23; Mc 7:17
10May the kings of Tarshish
and the coasts and islands bring tribute,
the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.72:10 1Kg 10:22; 2Ch 9:21; Is 60:6
11Let all kings bow in homage to him,
all nations serve him.72:11 Ps 86:9; 138:4; Is 49:23

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
and save the lives of the poor.72:13 Pr 19:17; 28:8
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
like the grass of the field.72:16 Jb 5:25; Ps 104:16
17May his name endure forever;
as long as the sun shines,
may his fame increase.
May all nations be blessed by him
and call him blessed.72:17 Gn 12:2–3; 22:18; Ps 89:36

18Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonders.72:18 Jb 9:10; Ps 86:10; 136:4
19Blessed be his glorious name forever;
the whole earth is filled with his glory.72:19 Nm 14:21; Is 6:3
Amen and amen.
20The prayers of David son of Jesse are concluded.72:20 2Sm 23:1


(Psalms 73–89)