72 God, give the king your good judgment and the king’s son your ·goodness [righteousness]. 2 Help him judge your people ·fairly [rightly] and decide what is ·right [just] for the poor. 3 Let there be ·peace [or prosperity] on the mountains and ·goodness [righteousness] on the hills for the people. 4 Help him be ·fair [just] to the poor and ·save [give victory to] the ·needy [or children of the needy] and ·punish [crush] those who ·hurt [oppress; exploit] them.
5 May they ·respect [fear] you as long as the sun and as long as the moon, throughout the generations. 6 Let him ·be [L come down] like rain on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. 7 Let ·goodness [righteousness] ·be plentiful [bloom forth] while he lives. Let ·peace [or prosperity] continue ·as long as there is a [L until there is no] moon.
8 ·Let his kingdom go [L May he have dominion/rule] from sea to sea, and from the ·Euphrates River [L river] to the ends of the earth. 9 Let the people of the ·desert [wilderness] ·bow down to [cringe/cower before] him, and make his enemies lick the dust. 10 Let the kings of Tarshish [48:7] and the ·faraway lands [L islands] bring him ·gifts [tribute]. Let the kings of Sheba [C an unknown location, perhaps present-day Yemen, Eritrea, or Ethiopia; see 1 Kin. 10:1–13] and Seba [C either in southern Egypt or further south; Gen. 10:7; Is. 43:3; 45:14] bring their ·presents [tribute] to him. 11 Let all kings ·bow down [bend the knee] to him and all nations serve him [Ps. 2].
12 He will ·help [protect] the poor when they cry out and the needy when no one else will help. 13 He will ·be kind to [take pity on] the poor and the needy, and he will ·save their lives [give victory to the needy]. 14 He will ·save [redeem] them from ·cruel people who try to hurt them [L violence and oppression], because their ·lives [L blood] are precious to ·him [L his eyes].
15 Long live the king! Let him receive gold from Sheba [v. 10]. Let people always pray for him and ·bless [praise] him all day long. 16 Let ·the fields grow plenty of grain [L there be much grain in the land/earth] and ·the hills be covered with crops [L let there be abundance on the top of the mountains; or let it wave on the top of the mountains]. ·Let the land be as fertile as Lebanon [L May its fruit be like that of Lebanon], and let the cities grow like the grass in a field. 17 Let ·the king be famous [L his name/fame be] forever; let ·him be remembered as long as the sun shines [L his name/fame continue as long as the sun]. Let the nations be ·blessed [praised] because of him, and may they all ·bless [praise] him [Gen. 12:3].
18 ·Praise [Blessed be] the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does such ·miracles [wonderful things]. 19 Praise his glorious name forever. Let his glory [C manifest presence] fill the whole world.
Amen and amen.
20 This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse [C at one time it did, but see other Davidic psalms at Ps. 101, 103, 108–110, and others].
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