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.
[a]May [b]he (C)judge Your people with righteousness
And [c](D)Your afflicted with justice.
[d]May the mountains bring [e](E)peace to the people,
And the hills, in righteousness.
[f]May he (F)vindicate the [g]afflicted of the people,
Save the children of the needy,
And crush the oppressor.

[h]May they fear You (G)while the sun shines,
And [i]as long as the moon shines, throughout all generations.
[j]May he come down (H)like rain upon the mown grass,
Like (I)showers that water the earth.
[k]May the (J)righteous flourish in his days,
As well as an (K)abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.

May he also rule (L)from sea to sea,
And from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
[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.

18 (AH)Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who alone (AI)works wonders.
19 And blessed be His (AJ)glorious name forever;
And may the whole (AK)earth be filled with His glory.
(AL)Amen and Amen.

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!
But as for me, (AO)my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps [w]had almost slipped.
For I was (AP)envious of the [x]arrogant
As I saw the (AQ)prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their belly is fat.
They are (AR)not [y]in trouble like other people,
Nor are they (AS)tormented together with the rest of mankind.
Therefore arrogance is (AT)their necklace;
The (AU)garment of violence covers them.
Their eye [z]bulges from (AV)fatness;
The imaginations of their heart overflow.
They (AW)mock and [aa]wickedly speak of oppression;
They (AX)speak from on high.
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.


  1. Psalm 72:2 Or He will judge
  2. Psalm 72:2 Many of the pronouns in this Psalm may be rendered He since the typical reference is to the Messiah
  3. Psalm 72:2 Or Your humble
  4. Psalm 72:3 Or The mountains will bring
  5. Psalm 72:3 Or prosperity
  6. Psalm 72:4 Or He will vindicate
  7. Psalm 72:4 Or humble
  8. Psalm 72:5 Or They will fear
  9. Psalm 72:5 Lit before the moon
  10. Psalm 72:6 Or He will come down
  11. Psalm 72:7 Or The righteous will flourish
  12. Psalm 72:9 Or The nomads...will bow
  13. Psalm 72:10 Or The kings...will bring
  14. Psalm 72:10 Or coastlands
  15. Psalm 72:11 Or All kings will bow down
  16. Psalm 72:12 Or humble
  17. Psalm 72:13 Lit souls
  18. Psalm 72:14 Lit redeem
  19. Psalm 72:14 Lit soul
  20. Psalm 72:15 Lit he is to
  21. Psalm 72:15 Lit He is to
  22. Psalm 72:17 Lit before the sun
  23. Psalm 73:2 Lit were caused to slip
  24. Psalm 73:3 Or boasters
  25. Psalm 73:5 Lit in the trouble of people
  26. Psalm 73:7 Lit goes forth
  27. Psalm 73:8 Or they speak in wickedness; From on high they speak of oppression
  28. Psalm 73:9 Or in
  29. Psalm 73:9 Lit walks
  30. Psalm 73:10 Or His
  31. Psalm 73:11 Lit in
  32. Psalm 73:13 Or cleansed my heart
  33. Psalm 73:14 Lit my punishment
  34. Psalm 73:16 Lit labor, trouble
  35. Psalm 73:17 Lit sanctuaries
  36. Psalm 73:18 Or deception
  37. Psalm 73:19 Lit become a desolation
  38. Psalm 73:21 Lit in my kidneys
  39. Psalm 73:22 Lit with You
  40. Psalm 73:24 Or with honor
  41. Psalm 73:26 Lit rock
  42. Psalm 73:27 Lit go to a whoring from
  43. Psalm 73:28 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord

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