Psalm 45[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] A wedding song.(A)

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,(B)
    since God has blessed you forever.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 45:1 In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.
  2. Psalm 45:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

Your throne, O God,[a] will last for ever and ever;(A)
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness(B) and hate wickedness;(C)
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing(D) you with the oil of joy.(E)
All your robes are fragrant(F) with myrrh(G) and aloes(H) and cassia;(I)
    from palaces adorned with ivory(J)
    the music of the strings(K) makes you glad.
Daughters of kings(L) are among your honored women;
    at your right hand(M) is the royal bride(N) in gold of Ophir.(O)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 45:6 Here the king is addressed as God’s representative.