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Psalm 72

A Psalm of Solomon.

Give the king Your judgments, O God,
    and Your righteousness to the king’s son.
May he judge Your people with righteousness,
    and Your poor with justice.

May the mountains bring well-being to the people,
    and the hills, in righteousness.
May he judge the poor of the people,
    may he save the children of the needy,
    and crush the oppressor.
May they fear You as long as the sun endures,
    and the moon, throughout all generations.
May he descend like rain on the mown grass,
    as showers dripping on the earth.
In his days may the righteous flourish,
    and abundance of peace until the moon is no more.

May he have dominion from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
May those who dwell in the wilderness bow before him,
    and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
    bring presents;
the kings of Sheba and Seba offer a gift.
11 May all kings bow down before him;
    may all nations serve him.

12 Indeed, may he deliver the needy when he cries;
    the poor also, and him who has no helper.
13 May he have compassion on the poor and needy,
    and save the lives of the needy.
14 May he redeem their life from deceit and violence;
    and may their blood be precious in his sight.

15 May he live long,
    and may one give him the gold of Sheba;
and pray for him continually;
    and all day long may he be blessed.
16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth
    on the top of the mountains;
may its fruit shake like Lebanon;
    and may those from the city flourish like grass of the earth.
17 May his name endure forever;
    may his name increase as long as the sun.

May men be blessed in him;
    may all nations call him blessed!

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does wondrous deeds.
19 Blessed be His glorious name forever;
    and may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.