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(By Solomon.)

A Prayer for God To Guide and Help the King

72 Please help the king
to be honest and fair
    just like you, our God.
Let him be honest and fair
with all your people,
    especially the poor.
Let peace and justice rule
    every mountain and hill.
Let the king defend the poor,
rescue the homeless,
    and crush
    everyone who hurts them.
Let the king live[a] forever
    like the sun and the moon.
Let him be as helpful as rain
    that refreshes the meadows
    and the ground.
Let the king be fair
    with everyone,
and let there be peace
    until the moon
    falls from the sky.

Let his kingdom reach
    from sea to sea,
    from the Euphrates River
    across all the earth.

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Footnotes

  1. 72.5 Let the king live: One ancient translation; Hebrew “Let them worship you.”