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Psalm 72:1-7 Expanded Bible (EXB)

A Prayer for the King

Of Solomon.

72 God, give the king your good judgment
    and the king’s son your ·goodness [righteousness].
Help him judge your people ·fairly [rightly]
    and decide what is ·right [just] for the poor.
Let there be ·peace [or prosperity] on the mountains
    and ·goodness [righteousness] on the hills for the people.
Help him be ·fair [just] to the poor
    and ·save [give victory to] the ·needy [or children of the needy]
and ·punish [crush] those who ·hurt [oppress; exploit] them.

May they ·respect [fear] you as long as the sun
    and as long as the moon, throughout the generations.
Let him ·be [L come down] like rain on the mown grass,
    like showers that water the earth.
Let ·goodness [righteousness] ·be plentiful [bloom forth] while he lives.
    Let ·peace [or prosperity] continue ·as long as there is a [L until there is no] moon.

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Psalm 72:1-7 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

Endow the king with your justice, O God,
    the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,
    your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
    the hills the fruit of righteousness.
May he defend the afflicted among the people
    and save the children of the needy;
    may he crush the oppressor.
May he endure[a] as long as the sun,
    as long as the moon, through all generations.
May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
    like showers watering the earth.
In his days may the righteous flourish
    and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:5 Septuagint; Hebrew You will be feared
New International Version (NIV)

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Psalm 72:10-14 Expanded Bible (EXB)

10 Let the kings of Tarshish [48:7] and the ·faraway lands [L islands]
    bring him ·gifts [tribute].
Let the kings of Sheba [C an unknown location, perhaps present-day Yemen, Eritrea, or Ethiopia; see 1 Kin. 10:1–13] and Seba [C either in southern Egypt or further south; Gen. 10:7; Is. 43:3; 45:14]
    bring their ·presents [tribute] to him.
11 Let all kings ·bow down [bend the knee] to him
    and all nations serve him [Ps. 2].

12 He will ·help [protect] the poor when they cry out
    and the needy when no one else will help.
13 He will ·be kind to [take pity on] the poor and the needy,
    and he will ·save their lives [give victory to the needy].
14 He will ·save [redeem] them from ·cruel people who try to hurt them [L violence and oppression],
    because their ·lives [L blood] are precious to ·him [L his eyes].

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Psalm 72:10-14 New International Version (NIV)

10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
    bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
    present him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
    and all nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
    the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
    and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
    for precious is their blood in his sight.

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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