To the Director: An instruction[a] by the Sons of Korah. A love song to the tune of[b] “Lilies”.
A Royal Wedding Song
45 My heart is overflowing with good news; I speak what I have composed to the king; my tongue is like the pen of an articulate scribe.
2 You are the most handsome of Adam’s descendants; grace has anointed your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. 3 Strap your sword to your side, mighty warrior, along with your honor and majesty. 4 In your majesty ride forth for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness; and your strong right hand will teach you awesome things. 5 Your arrows are sharpened to penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies. People will fall under you.
6 Your throne, God, exists forever and ever, and the scepter of your kingdom is a righteous scepter. 7 You love justice and hate wickedness. That is why God, even your God, has anointed you rather than your companions with the oil of gladness. 8 All your clothes are scented with[c] myrrh, aloes, and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments have made you glad. 9 The king’s daughters are among your honorable women; the queen, dressed in gold from Ophir, has taken her place at your right hand.”
10 Listen, daughter! Consider and pay attention. Forget your people and your father’s house, 11 and the king will greatly desire your beauty. Because he is your lord, you should bow in respect before him. 12 The daughter[d] of Tyre will come with[e] a wedding gift; wealthy people will entreat your favor. 13 In her chamber,[f] the king’s daughter is glorious; her clothing is embroidered with gold thread. 14 In embroidered garments she is presented to the king. Her virgin companions who follow her train will be presented to you. 15 Filled with joy and gladness, they are presented when they enter the king’s palace.
16 Your sons will take the place of your ancestors, and you will set them up as princes in all the earth. 17 From generation to generation, I will cause your name to be remembered. Therefore people will thank you forever and ever.
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