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Psalm 45Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Ode for a Royal Wedding

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song.

45 My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
    I address my verses to the king;
    my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.

You are the fairest of the sons of men;
    grace is poured upon your lips;
    therefore God has blessed you for ever.
Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one,
    in your glory and majesty!

In your majesty ride forth victoriously
    for the cause of truth and to defend[a] the right;
    let your right hand teach you dread deeds!
Your arrows are sharp
    in the heart of the king’s enemies;
    the peoples fall under you.

Your divine throne[b] endures for ever and ever.
    Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
    you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
    with the oil of gladness above your fellows;
    your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
    daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
    at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

10 Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear;
    forget your people and your father’s house;
11     and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him;
12     the people[c] of Tyre will sue your favor with gifts,
    the richest of the people 13 with all kinds of wealth.

The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;[d]
14     in many-colored robes she is led to the king,
    with her virgin companions, her escort,[e] in her train.
15 With joy and gladness they are led along
    as they enter the palace of the king.

16 Instead of your fathers shall be your sons;
    you will make them princes in all the earth.
17 I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;
    therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 45:4 Cn: Heb and the meekness of
  2. Psalm 45:6 Or Your throne is a throne of God, or Thy throne, O God
  3. Psalm 45:12 Heb daughter
  4. Psalm 45:13 Or people. All glorious is the princess within, gold embroidery is her clothing
  5. Psalm 45:14 Heb those brought to you
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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