1 O God, give the king your justice and the king’s son[a] your righteousness 2 so that he may judge your people with righteousness and your oppressed people with justice.
3 May the mountains bring peace to the people and the hills bring righteousness. 4 May he grant justice to the people who are oppressed. May he save the children of needy people and crush their oppressor. 5 May they fear you as long as the sun and moon shine— throughout every generation. 6 May he be like rain that falls on freshly cut grass, like showers that water the land. 7 May righteous people blossom in his day. May there be unlimited peace until the moon no longer shines.
8 May he rule from sea to sea, from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. 9 May the people of the desert kneel in front of him. May his enemies lick the dust. 10 May the kings from Tarshish and the islands bring presents. May the kings from Sheba and Seba bring gifts. 11 May all kings worship him. May all nations serve him.
12 He will rescue the needy person who cries for help and the oppressed person who has no one’s help. 13 He will have pity on the poor and needy and will save the lives of the needy. 14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence. Their blood will be precious in his sight.
15 May he live long. May the gold from Sheba be given to him. May the people pray for him continually. May they praise him all day long. 16 May there be plenty of grain in the land. May it wave in the breeze on the mountaintops, its fruit like the treetops of Lebanon. May those from the city flourish like the grass on the ground. 17 May his name endure forever. May his name continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and call him blessed.
18 Thank the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does miracles. 19 Thanks be to his glorious name forever. May the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and amen!
20 The prayers by David, son of Jesse, end here.
A psalm by Asaph.
Psalm 72:1According to ancient Jewish and Christian tradition, “king” and “king’s son” refer to the Messiah.
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