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Psalm 45Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

To the director: To the tune “Shoshanim.”[a] A maskil from the Korah family. A love song.

45 Beautiful thoughts fill my mind
    as I speak these lines for the king.
These words come from my tongue
    as from the pen of a skilled writer.

You are more handsome than anyone,
    and you say such pleasant things.
    So God will always bless you.
Put on your sword, mighty warrior,
    so impressive in your splendid uniform.
Go out in your greatness to win the victory for what is true and right.
    Let us see the amazing things you can do with your powerful right arm.[b]
Your sharp arrows will go deep into the hearts of your enemies,
    who will fall to the ground in front of you.
God,[c] your kingdom will last forever.
    You use your authority for justice.
You love what is right and hate what is wrong.
    So God, your God, chose you to be king,
    giving you more joy and honor than anyone like you.[d]
From your clothes comes the wonderful smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
    In palaces decorated with ivory, you enjoy the music of stringed instruments.
Here are ladies of honor, daughters of kings.
    Your bride[e] stands at your right side, wearing a gown decorated with the finest gold.

10 My lady,[f] listen to me.
    Listen carefully and understand me.
Forget your people and your father’s family,
11     so that the king will be pleased with your beauty.
He will be your new husband,[g]
    so you must honor him.
12 People from Tyre will bring you gifts.
    Their richest people will try to win your friendship.

13 The princess is so beautiful in her gown,
    like a pearl set in gold.
14 Clothed in beauty, she is led to the king,
    followed by her bridesmaids.
15 Filled with joy and excitement,
    they enter into the king’s palace.

16 Your sons will be kings like their ancestors.
    You will make them rulers throughout the land.
17 You will be famous for generations.
    People will praise you forever and ever.


  1. Psalm 45:1 Psalm 45 To the tune “Shoshanim” Or “On the Shoshanim.”
  2. Psalm 45:4 right arm This pictures God as a warrior-king. The right arm is a symbol of his power and authority.
  3. Psalm 45:6 God This might be a song to God as king. Or here, the writer might be using the word “God” as a title for the king.
  4. Psalm 45:7 chose … anyone like you Literally, “anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions.” This refers to the special oil used in the dedication of a new priest or king.
  5. Psalm 45:9 bride Or “queen.”
  6. Psalm 45:10 My lady Literally, “Daughter.”
  7. Psalm 45:11 husband Or “master.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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