For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation]. A love song of the sons of Korah [C descendants of Kohath, son of Levi, who served as Temple musicians; 1 Chr. 6:22].
45 ·Beautiful words fill my mind [L My heart is stirred with a good word]. I ·am speaking of royal things [or address my work to the king]. My tongue is like the pen of a skilled writer [Ezra 7:6].
2 You are more ·handsome [or excellent] than anyone, and ·you are an excellent speaker [L grace flows from your lips; Prov. 22:11], so God has blessed you forever. 3 Put on your sword ·at your side [L on your thigh], powerful warrior. Show your ·glory [splendor] and majesty. 4 In your majesty ·win [L ride forth for] the victory for what is ·true [faithful] and ·right [righteous]. Your ·power [L right hand] ·will do [L teaches you] amazing things. 5 Your sharp arrows will ·enter [pierce] the hearts of the king’s enemies. ·Nations [Peoples] will ·be defeated before [L fall beneath] you. 6 ·God, your throne will last [or Your throne is a throne of God] forever and ever. ·You will rule your kingdom with fairness [L A scepter of virtue will be the scepter of your kingdom]. 7 You love ·right [righteousness] and hate ·evil [wickedness], so God has ·chosen [anointed] you from among your ·friends [companions]; ·he has set you apart with much joy [L …with the oil of joy; C kings were anointed with oil at their coronation; 1 Sam. 10:1; 16:13; Heb. 1:8–9]. 8 Your clothes smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia. From palaces of ivory ·music [stringed instruments] comes to make you happy. 9 Kings’ daughters are among your honored women. Your ·bride [queen; consort] stands at your right side wearing gold from Ophir [C perhaps a region in southern Arabia].
10 Listen to me, daughter; look and ·pay attention [L incline your ear]. Forget your people and your father’s ·family [L house; Gen. 2:24]. 11 The king ·loves [L desires; longs for] your beauty. Because he is your ·master [lord], you should ·obey [L bow yourself before] him. 12 ·People from the city [L The daughter] of Tyre have brought ·a gift [tribute]. Wealthy people ·will want to meet you [seek your favor].
13 The ·princess [L daughter of the king] is ·very beautiful [L all glorious within]. Her gown is woven with gold. 14 In her ·beautiful [embroidered] clothes she is brought to the king. ·Her bridesmaids [Virgins] follow behind her, and ·they are also brought to him [L her friends follow]. 15 They come with happiness and joy; they enter the king’s palace.
16 You will have sons to replace your fathers [C addressed to the king]. You will make them ·rulers [princes] through all the land. 17 I will make your name famous from now on, so people will praise you forever and ever.
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