(A special psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies.” A love song.)
For a Royal Wedding
45 My thoughts are filled with beautiful words for the king, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink.
2 No one is as handsome as you! Your words are always kind. That is why God will always bless you. 3 Mighty king, glorious ruler, strap on your sword 4 and ride out in splendor! Win victories for truth and mercy and justice. Do fearsome things with your powerful arm. 5 Send your sharp arrows through enemy hearts and make all nations fall at your feet.
6 You are God, and you will rule forever as king.[a] Your royal power brings about justice. 7 You love justice and hate evil. And so, your God chose you and made you happier than any of your friends. 8 The sweet aroma of the spices myrrh, aloes, and cassia, covers your royal robes. You enjoy the music of harps in palaces decorated with ivory. 9 Daughters of kings are here, and your bride stands at your right side, wearing a wedding gown trimmed with pure gold.[b]
10 Bride of the king, listen carefully to me. Forget your own people and your father’s family. 11 The king is your husband, so do what he desires. 12 All of the richest people from the city of Tyre will try to influence you 13 with precious treasures.
Your bride, my king, has inward beauty,[c] and her wedding gown is woven with threads of gold. 14 Wearing the finest garments, she is brought to you, followed by her young friends, the bridesmaids. 15 Everyone is excited, as they follow you to the royal palace.
16 Your sons and your grandsons will also be kings as your ancestors were. You will make them the rulers everywhere on earth.
17 I will make your name famous from now on, and you will be praised forever and ever.
45.6You. . . king: Or “God has made you king, and you will rule forever.”
45.9trimmed with pure gold: Hebrew has “with gold from Ophir,” which may have been in Africa or India. Gold from there was considered the very best.
45.13has inward beauty: Or “is dressed in her room.”
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