Give the King Your Justice

Of (A)Solomon.

72 Give the king your (B)justice, O God,
    and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he (C)judge your people with righteousness,
    and your poor with justice!
Let the mountains bear (D)prosperity for the people,
    and the hills, in righteousness!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
    give deliverance to the children of the needy,
    and crush the oppressor!

May they fear you[a] while (E)the sun endures,
    and as long as the moon, (F)throughout all generations!
May he be like (G)rain that falls on (H)the mown grass,
    like (I)showers that water the earth!
In his days may (J)the righteous flourish,
    and (K)peace abound, till the moon be no more!

May he have dominion from (L)sea to sea,
    and from (M)the River[b] to the (N)ends of the earth!
May desert tribes (O)bow down before him,
    and his enemies (P)lick the dust!
10 May the kings of (Q)Tarshish and of (R)the coastlands
    render him (S)tribute;
may the kings of (T)Sheba and (U)Seba
    bring gifts!
11 May all kings (V)fall down before him,
    all nations serve him!

12 For he delivers (W)the needy when he calls,
    the poor and him who has no helper.
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy,
    and saves the lives of the needy.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
    and (X)precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live;
    may (Y)gold of Sheba be given to him!
May prayer be made (Z)for him continually,
    and blessings invoked for him all the day!
16 May there be abundance of grain in the land;
    on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
    may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people (AA)blossom in the cities
    like the (AB)grass of the field!
17 (AC)May his name endure forever,
    his fame continue as long as the sun!
(AD)May people be blessed in him,
    (AE)all nations call him blessed!

18 (AF)Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    who alone does (AG)wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his (AH)glorious name forever;
    may (AI)the whole earth be filled with his glory!
(AJ)Amen and Amen!

20 (AK)The prayers of (AL)David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

Book Three

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever

A Psalm of (AM)Asaph.

73 Truly God is good to (AN)Israel,
    to those who are (AO)pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
    my steps had nearly slipped.
(AP)For I was (AQ)envious of the arrogant
    when I saw the (AR)prosperity of the wicked.

For they have no pangs until death;
    their bodies are fat and sleek.
They are not in trouble as others are;
    they are not (AS)stricken like the rest of mankind.
Therefore pride is (AT)their necklace;
    violence covers them as (AU)a garment.
Their (AV)eyes swell out through fatness;
    their hearts overflow with follies.
They scoff and (AW)speak with malice;
    loftily they threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against the heavens,
    and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them,
    and find (AX)no fault in them.[c]
11 And they say, (AY)“How can God know?
    Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
    always at ease, they (AZ)increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I (BA)kept my heart clean
    and (BB)washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been (BC)stricken
    and (BD)rebuked (BE)every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
    I would have betrayed (BF)the generation of your children.

16 But when I thought how to understand this,
    it seemed to me (BG)a wearisome task,
17 until I went into (BH)the sanctuary of God;
    then I discerned their (BI)end.

18 Truly you set them in (BJ)slippery places;
    you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed (BK)in a moment,
    swept away utterly by (BL)terrors!
20 Like (BM)a dream when one awakes,
    O Lord, when (BN)you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21 When my soul was embittered,
    when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was (BO)brutish and ignorant;
    I was like (BP)a beast toward you.

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you (BQ)hold my right hand.
24 You (BR)guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will (BS)receive me to glory.
25 (BT)Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 (BU)My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is (BV)the strength[d] of my heart and my (BW)portion (BX)forever.

27 For behold, those who are (BY)far from you shall perish;
    you put an end to everyone who is (BZ)unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to (CA)be near God;
    I have made the Lord God my (CB)refuge,
    that I may (CC)tell of all your works.


  1. Psalm 72:5 Septuagint He shall endure
  2. Psalm 72:8 That is, the Euphrates
  3. Psalm 73:10 Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them
  4. Psalm 73:26 Hebrew rock

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