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Psalm 45 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 45

For the music leader. According to “The Lilies.” Of the Korahites. A maskil.[a] A love song.

45 A marvelous word has stirred my heart
    as I mention my works to the king.
        My tongue is the pen of a skillful scribe.

You are the most handsome of men;
    grace has been poured out on your lips.
        No wonder God has blessed you forever!
Strap on your sword, great warrior,
    with your glory and grandeur.
Go and succeed in your grandeur!
    Ride out on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness!
    Let your strong hand perform awesome deeds.[b]
Let the peoples fall beneath you.
    May your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies.
Your divine throne is eternal and everlasting.
    Your royal scepter is a scepter of justice.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness.
    No wonder God, your God, has anointed you
    with the oil of joy more than all your companions!
All your clothes have the pleasing scent of myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
    The music of stringed instruments coming from ivory palaces entertains you.
The royal princess is standing in your precious jewels; [c]
    the queen stands at your right, dressed in the gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, daughter; pay attention, and listen closely!
    Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 Let the king desire your beauty.
    Because he is your master, bow down to him now.
12 The city of Tyre, the wealthiest of all,
    will seek your favor with gifts, 13 with riches of every sort
    for the royal princess, dressed in pearls,[d]
        her robe embroidered with gold.
14 In robes of many colors, she is led to the king.
    Her attendants, the young women servants following her,
    are presented to you as well.
15 As they enter the king’s palace,
    they are led in with celebration and joy.

16 Your sons, great king, will succeed your fathers;[e]
    you will appoint them as princes throughout the land.
17 I will perpetuate your name from one generation to the next
    so the peoples will praise you forever and always.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 45:1 Perhaps instruction
  2. Psalm 45:4 Heb uncertain
  3. Psalm 45:9 Syr; MT royal princess is among your precious ones.
  4. Psalm 45:13 Correction; Heb lacks for; Heb uncertain in 45:12-13.
  5. Psalm 45:16 Heb lacks great king.
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Psalm 45 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 45[a]

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

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,
    since God has blessed you forever.

Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;
    clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
In your majesty ride forth victoriously
    in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
    let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
    let the nations fall beneath your feet.
Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing you with the oil of joy.
All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
    from palaces adorned with ivory
    the music of the strings makes you glad.
Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
    at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:
    Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
    honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The city of Tyre will come with a gift,[d]
    people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
    her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
    her virgin companions follow her—
    those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,
    they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
    you will make them princes throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
    therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

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
  3. Psalm 45:6 Here the king is addressed as God’s representative.
  4. Psalm 45:12 Or A Tyrian robe is among the gifts
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