Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

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

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

May he rule from sea to sea
    and from the River[b](J) to the ends of the earth.(K)
May the desert tribes bow before him
    and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish(L) and of distant shores(M)
    bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba(N) and Seba
    present him gifts.(O)
11 May all kings bow down(P) to him
    and all nations serve(Q) him.

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

15 Long may he live!
    May gold from Sheba(U) be given him.
May people ever pray for him
    and bless him all day long.(V)
16 May grain(W) abound throughout the land;
    on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops(X) flourish like Lebanon(Y)
    and thrive[c] like the grass of the field.(Z)
17 May his name endure forever;(AA)
    may it continue as long as the sun.(AB)

Then all nations will be blessed through him,[d]
    and they will call him blessed.(AC)

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,(AD)
    who alone does marvelous deeds.(AE)
19 Praise be to his glorious name(AF) forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.(AG)
Amen and Amen.(AH)

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.(AI)


Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.(AJ)

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;(AK)
    I had nearly lost my foothold.(AL)
For I envied(AM) the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.(AN)

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.[e]
They are free(AO) from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride(AP) is their necklace;(AQ)
    they clothe themselves with violence.(AR)
From their callous hearts(AS) comes iniquity[f];
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;(AT)
    with arrogance(AU) they threaten oppression.(AV)
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance.[g]
11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care,(AW) they go on amassing wealth.(AX)

13 Surely in vain(AY) I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.(AZ)
14 All day long I have been afflicted,(BA)
    and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand(BB) all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary(BC) of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.(BD)

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;(BE)
    you cast them down to ruin.(BF)
19 How suddenly(BG) are they destroyed,
    completely swept away(BH) by terrors!
20 They are like a dream(BI) when one awakes;(BJ)
    when you arise, Lord,
    you will despise them as fantasies.(BK)

21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless(BL) and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast(BM) before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.(BN)
24 You guide(BO) me with your counsel,(BP)
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?(BQ)
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.(BR)
26 My flesh and my heart(BS) may fail,(BT)
    but God is the strength(BU) of my heart
    and my portion(BV) forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;(BW)
    you destroy all who are unfaithful(BX) to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.(BY)
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;(BZ)
    I will tell of all your deeds.(CA)

Psalm 74

A maskil[h] of Asaph.

O God, why have you rejected(CB) us forever?(CC)
    Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?(CD)
Remember the nation you purchased(CE) long ago,(CF)
    the people of your inheritance,(CG) whom you redeemed(CH)
    Mount Zion,(CI) where you dwelt.(CJ)
Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,(CK)
    all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

Your foes roared(CL) in the place where you met with us;
    they set up their standards(CM) as signs.
They behaved like men wielding axes
    to cut through a thicket of trees.(CN)
They smashed all the carved(CO) paneling
    with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
    they defiled(CP) the dwelling place(CQ) of your Name.(CR)
They said in their hearts, “We will crush(CS) them completely!”
    They burned(CT) every place where God was worshiped in the land.

We are given no signs from God;(CU)
    no prophets(CV) are left,
    and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long(CW) will the enemy mock(CX) you, God?
    Will the foe revile(CY) your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?(CZ)
    Take it from the folds of your garment(DA) and destroy them!

12 But God is my King(DB) from long ago;
    he brings salvation(DC) on the earth.

13 It was you who split open the sea(DD) by your power;
    you broke the heads of the monster(DE) in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan(DF)
    and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.(DG)
15 It was you who opened up springs(DH) and streams;
    you dried up(DI) the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
    you established the sun and moon.(DJ)
17 It was you who set all the boundaries(DK) of the earth;
    you made both summer and winter.(DL)

18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord,
    how foolish people(DM) have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove(DN) to wild beasts;
    do not forget the lives of your afflicted(DO) people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant,(DP)
    because haunts of violence fill the dark places(DQ) of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed(DR) retreat in disgrace;
    may the poor and needy(DS) praise your name.
22 Rise up,(DT) O God, and defend your cause;
    remember how fools(DU) mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor(DV) of your adversaries,(DW)
    the uproar(DX) of your enemies,(DY) which rises continually.


  1. Psalm 72:5 Septuagint; Hebrew You will be feared
  2. Psalm 72:8 That is, the Euphrates
  3. Psalm 72:16 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lebanon, / from the city
  4. Psalm 72:17 Or will use his name in blessings (see Gen. 48:20)
  5. Psalm 73:4 With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text struggles at their death; / their bodies are healthy
  6. Psalm 73:7 Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew Their eyes bulge with fat
  7. Psalm 73:10 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
  8. Psalm 74:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

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