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Psalm 72:1-7 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for the King[a]

72 Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;
    share with him your own justice,
so that he will rule over your people with justice
    and govern the oppressed with righteousness.
May the land enjoy prosperity;
    may it experience righteousness.
May the king judge the poor fairly;
    may he help the needy
    and defeat their oppressors.
May your people worship you as long as the sun shines,
    as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.

May the king be like rain on the fields,
    like showers falling on the land.
May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,
    and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:1 HEBREW TITLE: By Solomon.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 72:1-7 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

Endow the king with your justice, O God,
    the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,
    your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
    the hills the fruit of righteousness.
May he defend the afflicted among the people
    and save the children of the needy;
    may he crush the oppressor.
May he endure[a] as long as the sun,
    as long as the moon, through all generations.
May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
    like showers watering the earth.
In his days may the righteous flourish
    and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:5 Septuagint; Hebrew You will be feared
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Psalm 72:10-14 Good News Translation (GNT)

10 The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts;
    the kings of Sheba and Seba[a] will bring him offerings.
11 All kings will bow down before him;
    all nations will serve him.

12 He rescues the poor who call to him,
    and those who are needy and neglected.
13 He has pity on the weak and poor;
    he saves the lives of those in need.
14 He rescues them from oppression and violence;
    their lives are precious to him.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:10 Sheba was toward the south in Arabia and Seba was on the opposite side of the Red Sea.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 72:10-14 New International Version (NIV)

10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
    bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
    present him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
    and all nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
    the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
    and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
    for precious is their blood in his sight.

New International Version (NIV)

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