New American Standard Bible
The Reign of the Righteous King.
A Psalm of Solomon.
72 Give the king (A)Your judgments, God,
And (B)Your righteousness to the king’s son.
2 [a]May [b]he (C)judge Your people with righteousness
And [c](D)Your afflicted with justice.
3 [d]May the mountains bring [e](E)peace to the people,
And the hills, in righteousness.
4 [f]May he (F)vindicate the [g]afflicted of the people,
Save the children of the needy,
And crush the oppressor.
5 [h]May they fear You (G)while the sun shines,
And [i]as long as the moon shines, throughout all generations.
6 [j]May he come down (H)like rain upon the mown grass,
Like (I)showers that water the earth.
7 [k]May the (J)righteous flourish in his days,
As well as an (K)abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.
8 May he also rule (L)from sea to sea,
And from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
9 [l]May (M)the nomads of the desert (N)bow before him,
And his enemies (O)lick the dust.
10 [m]May the kings of (P)Tarshish and of the [n](Q)islands bring gifts;
May the kings of (R)Sheba and (S)Seba (T)offer tributes.
11 [o]And may all (U)kings bow down before him,
All (V)nations serve him.
12 For he will (W)save the needy when he cries for help,
The [p]afflicted also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will have (X)compassion on the poor and needy,
And he will save the [q]lives of the needy.
14 He will [r](Y)rescue their [s]life from oppression and violence,
And their blood will be (Z)precious in his sight;
15 So may he live, and may the (AA)gold of Sheba be given to him;
And [t]they are to pray for him continually;
[u]They are to bless him all day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth on top of the mountains;
Its fruit will wave like the cedars of (AB)Lebanon;
And may those from the city flourish like the (AC)vegetation of the earth.
17 May his (AD)name endure forever;
May his name produce descendants [v](AE)as long as the sun shines;
And may people (AF)wish blessings on themselves by him;
(AG)May all nations call him blessed.
20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
The End of the Wicked Contrasted with That of the Righteous.
A Psalm of Asaph.
73 God certainly is (AM)good to Israel,
To those who are (AN)pure in heart!
2 But as for me, (AO)my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps [w]had almost slipped.
3 For I was (AP)envious of the [x]arrogant
As I saw the (AQ)prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pains in their death,
And their belly is fat.
5 They are (AR)not [y]in trouble like other people,
Nor are they (AS)tormented together with the rest of mankind.
6 Therefore arrogance is (AT)their necklace;
The (AU)garment of violence covers them.
7 Their eye [z]bulges from (AV)fatness;
The imaginations of their heart overflow.
8 They (AW)mock and [aa]wickedly speak of oppression;
They (AX)speak from on high.
9 They have (AY)set their mouth [ab]against the heavens,
And their tongue [ac]parades through the earth.
10 Therefore [ad]his people return here,
And (AZ)abundant waters are drunk by them.
11 They say, “(BA)How does God know?
And is there knowledge [ae]with the Most High?”
12 Behold, (BB)these are the wicked;
And always (BC)at ease, they have increased in wealth.
13 Surely (BD)in vain I have [af]kept my heart pure
And (BE)washed my hands in innocence;
14 For I have been stricken (BF)all day long,
And [ag](BG)punished every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak this way,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the (BH)generation of Your children.
16 When I (BI)thought of understanding this,
It was [ah]troublesome in my sight
17 Until I entered the [ai](BJ)sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their (BK)end.
18 You indeed put them on (BL)slippery ground;
You dropped them into [aj](BM)ruin.
19 How they are [ak](BN)destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by (BO)sudden terrors!
20 Like a (BP)dream when one awakes,
Lord, when (BQ)stirred, You will (BR)despise their image.
21 When my (BS)heart was embittered
And I was (BT)pierced [al]within,
22 Then I was (BU)stupid and ignorant;
I was like an (BV)animal [am]before You.
23 Nevertheless (BW)I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
24 You will (BX)guide me with Your plan,
And afterward (BY)receive me [an]to glory.
25 (BZ)Whom do I have in heaven but You?
And with You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My (CA)flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the [ao]strength of my heart and my (CB)portion forever.
27 For, behold, (CC)those who are far from You will (CD)perish;
You have destroyed all those who [ap](CE)are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, (CF)the nearness of God is good for me;
I have made the Lord [aq]God my (CG)refuge,
So that I may (CH)tell of all Your works.
- Psalm 72:2 Or He will judge
- Psalm 72:2 Many of the pronouns in this Psalm may be rendered He since the typical reference is to the Messiah
- Psalm 72:2 Or Your humble
- Psalm 72:3 Or The mountains will bring
- Psalm 72:3 Or prosperity
- Psalm 72:4 Or He will vindicate
- Psalm 72:4 Or humble
- Psalm 72:5 Or They will fear
- Psalm 72:5 Lit before the moon
- Psalm 72:6 Or He will come down
- Psalm 72:7 Or The righteous will flourish
- Psalm 72:9 Or The nomads...will bow
- Psalm 72:10 Or The kings...will bring
- Psalm 72:10 Or coastlands
- Psalm 72:11 Or All kings will bow down
- Psalm 72:12 Or humble
- Psalm 72:13 Lit souls
- Psalm 72:14 Lit redeem
- Psalm 72:14 Lit soul
- Psalm 72:15 Lit he is to
- Psalm 72:15 Lit He is to
- Psalm 72:17 Lit before the sun
- Psalm 73:2 Lit were caused to slip
- Psalm 73:3 Or boasters
- Psalm 73:5 Lit in the trouble of people
- Psalm 73:7 Lit goes forth
- Psalm 73:8 Or they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression
- Psalm 73:9 Or in
- Psalm 73:9 Lit walks
- Psalm 73:10 Or His
- Psalm 73:11 Lit in
- Psalm 73:13 Or cleansed my heart
- Psalm 73:14 Lit my punishment
- Psalm 73:16 Lit labor, trouble
- Psalm 73:17 Lit sanctuaries
- Psalm 73:18 Or deception
- Psalm 73:19 Lit become a desolation
- Psalm 73:21 Lit in my kidneys
- Psalm 73:22 Lit with You
- Psalm 73:24 Or with honor
- Psalm 73:26 Lit rock
- Psalm 73:27 Lit go to a whoring from
- Psalm 73:28 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord