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A Song for the King’s Wedding

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].

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.
Put on your sword ·at your side [L on your thigh], powerful warrior.
    Show your ·glory [splendor] and majesty.
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.
Your sharp arrows will ·enter [pierce]
    the hearts of the king’s enemies.
    ·Nations [Peoples] will ·be defeated before [L fall beneath] you.
·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].
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].
Your clothes smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
    From palaces of ivory
    ·music [stringed instruments] comes to make you happy.
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.