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Psalm 72-74 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

72 God, give your judgments to the king.
    Give your righteousness to the king’s son.
Let him judge your people with righteousness
    and your poor ones with justice.
Let the mountains bring peace to the people;
    let the hills bring righteousness.
Let the king bring justice to people who are poor;
    let him save the children of those who are needy,
        but let him crush oppressors!
Let the king live[a] as long as the sun,
    as long as the moon,
        generation to generation.
Let him fall like rain upon fresh-cut grass,
    like showers that water the earth.
Let the righteous flourish throughout their lives,
    and let peace prosper until the moon is no more.
Let the king rule from sea to sea,
    from the river to the ends of the earth.
Let the desert dwellers bow low before him;
    let his enemies lick the dust.
10 Let the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute;
    let the kings of Sheba and Seba present gifts.
11 Let all the kings bow down before him;
    let all the nations serve him.

12 Let it be so, because he delivers the needy who cry out,
    the poor, and those who have no helper.
13 He has compassion on the weak and the needy;
    he saves the lives of those who are in need.
14 He redeems their lives from oppression and violence;
    their blood is precious in his eyes.

15 Let the king live long!
Let Sheba’s gold be given to him!
    Let him be prayed for always!
    Let him be blessed all day long!
16     Let there be abundant grain in the land.
    Let it wave on the mountaintops.
    Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon.
    Let it thrive like grass on the land.
17     Let the king’s name last forever.
    Let his name endure as long as the sun.
    Let all the nations be blessed through him and call him happy.

18 Bless the Lord God, the God of Israel—
    the only one who does wondrous things!
19 Bless God’s glorious name forever;
    let his glory fill all the earth!
        Amen and Amen!

20 The prayers of David, Jesse’s son, are ended.

BOOK III

(Psalms 73–89)

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

73 Truly God is good to Israel,
    to those who are have a pure heart.
But me? My feet had almost stumbled;
    my steps had nearly slipped
    because I envied the arrogant;
    I observed how the wicked are well off:
They suffer no pain;
    their bodies are fit and strong.
They are never in trouble;
    they aren’t weighed down like other people.
That’s why they wear arrogance like a necklace,
    why violence covers them like clothes.
Their eyes bulge out from eating so well;
    their hearts overflow with delusions.
They scoff and talk so cruel;
    from their privileged positions
    they plan oppression.
Their mouths dare to speak against heaven!
    Their tongues roam the earth!
10 That’s why people keep going back to them,
    keep approving what they say.[b]
11 And what they say is this: “How could God possibly know!
    Does the Most High know anything at all!”
12 Look at these wicked ones,
    always relaxed, piling up the wealth!

13 Meanwhile, I’ve kept my heart pure for no good reason;
I’ve washed my hands to stay innocent for nothing.
14 I’m weighed down all day long.
    I’m punished every morning.
15 If I said, “I will talk about all this,”
    I would have been unfaithful to your children.
16 But when I tried to understand these things,
    it just seemed like hard work
17     until I entered God’s sanctuary
        and understood what would happen to the wicked.
18 You will definitely put them on a slippery path;
    you will make them fall into ruin!
19 How quickly they are devastated,
    utterly destroyed by terrors!
20 As quickly as a dream departs from someone waking up, my Lord,
    when you are stirred up, you make them disappear.[c]

21 When my heart was bitter,
    when I was all cut up inside,
22 I was stupid and ignorant.
    I acted like nothing but an animal toward you.
23 But I was still always with you!
    You held my strong hand!
24 You have guided me with your advice;
    later you will receive me with glory.
25 Do I have anyone else in heaven?
    There’s nothing on earth I desire except you.
26 My body and my heart fail,
    but God is my heart’s rock and my share forever.
27 Look! Those far from you die;
    you annihilate all those who are unfaithful to you.
28 But me? It’s good for me to be near God.
    I have taken my refuge in you, my Lord God,
        so I can talk all about your works!

Psalm 74

A maskil[d] of Asaph.

74 God, why have you abandoned us forever?
    Why does your anger smolder
    at the sheep of your own pasture?
Remember your congregation
    that you took as your own long ago,
    that you redeemed to be the tribe of your own possession—
    remember Mount Zion, where you dwell.
March to the unending ruins,
    to all that the enemy destroyed in the sanctuary.

Your enemies roared in your own meeting place;
    they set up their own signs there!
It looked like axes raised
    against a thicket of trees.[e]
And then all its carvings
    they hacked down with hatchet and pick.
They set fire to your sanctuary, burned it to the ground;
    they defiled the dwelling place of your name.
They said in their hearts, We’ll kill all of them together!
    They burned all of God’s meeting places in the land.
We don’t see our own signs anymore.
    No prophet is left.
        And none of us know how long it will last.

10 How long, God, will foes insult you?
    Are enemies going to abuse your name forever?
11 Why do you pull your hand back?
    Why do you hold your strong hand close to your chest?

12 Yet God has been my king from ancient days—
    God, who makes salvation happen in the heart of the earth!
13         You split the sea with your power.
        You shattered the heads of the sea monsters on the water.
14         You crushed Leviathan’s heads.
        You gave it to the desert dwellers for food!
15         You split open springs and streams;
        you made strong-flowing rivers dry right up.
16         The day belongs to you! The night too!
        You established both the moon and the sun.
17         You set all the boundaries of the earth in place.
        Summer and winter? You made them!

18 So remember this, Lord:
    how enemies have insulted you,
    how unbelieving fools have abused your name.
19 Don’t deliver the life of your dove to wild animals!
    Don’t forget the lives of your afflicted people forever!
20 Consider the covenant!
    Because the land’s dark places are full of violence.
21 Don’t let the oppressed live in shame.
    No, let the poor and needy praise your name!

22 God, rise up! Make your case!
    Remember how unbelieving fools insult you all day long.
23 Don’t forget the voices of your enemies,
    the racket of your adversaries that never quits.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:5 LXX; MT May they fear you.
  2. Psalm 73:10 Heb uncertain
  3. Psalm 73:20 Heb uncertain
  4. Psalm 74:1 Perhaps instruction; the root is used in Ps 32:8.
  5. Psalm 74:5 Heb uncertain
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