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A Powerful King for the Poor

Psalm 72

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 ones with justice.
Let the mountains bring shalom to the people,
and the hills righteousness.
May he vindicate the poor of the people,
save the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
Let them fear You while the sun endures,
and while the moon lasts, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the ground.
Let the righteous flourish in his days.
Let shalom abound till the moon is no more.
May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Let desert dwellers bow before him,
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute,
kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.
11 So let all kings bow down before him,
and all nations serve him.

12 For he rescues the needy crying for help,
also the poor and the one with no helper.
13 He will take pity on the poor and needy,
and the souls of the needy he will save.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their soul,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
May gold from Sheba be given to him.
May he pray for him continually,
    and bless him all day.
16 Let there be abundance of grain in the land.
Let it sway on the top of the hills,
let its fruit be like Lebanon,
and let people of the city flourish like grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever.
May his name increase before the sun,
and may all nations be blessed by him
and call him blessed.

18 Blessed be Adonai Elohim, God of Israel,
who alone does wonders.
19 Blessed be His glorious Name forever.
May all the earth be filled with His glory!
Amen and Amen!

20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are complete.