72 God, endow the king with ability to render[a] your justice, and the king’s son to render your right decisions. 2 May he rule your people with right decisions and your oppressed ones with justice. 3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people and the hills bring righteousness. 4 May he defend the afflicted of the people and deliver the children of the poor, but crush the oppressor.
5 May they fear you as long as the sun and moon shine[b]— from generation to generation. 6 May he be like the rain that descends on mown grass, like showers sprinkling on the ground.
7 The righteous will flourish at the proper time and peace will prevail until the moon is no more. 8 May he rule from sea to sea, from the Euphrates River[c] to the ends of the earth. 9 May the nomads bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust. 10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring gifts, and may the kings of Sheba and Seba offer tribute. 11 May all kings bow down to him, and all nations serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy when they cry out for help, and the poor when there is no deliverer. 13 He will have compassion on the poor and the needy, and he will save the lives of the needy. 14 He will redeem them[d] from oppression and violence, since their lives are[e] precious in his sight.
Prayer for the King
15 May he live long and be given gold from Sheba, and may prayer be offered for him continuously, and may he be blessed every day. 16 May grain be abundant in the land all the way[f] to the mountain tops; may its fruits flourish like the forests of Lebanon, and may the cities sprout like the grass of the earth.
Praising the God of Israel
17 May his fame[g] be eternal— as long as the sun— may his name endure, and may they be blessed through him, and may all nations call him blessed. 18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does awesome deeds. 19 And blessed be his glorious name forever, and may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen!
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