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Psalm 72Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for the King[a]

72 Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;
    share with him your own justice,
so that he will rule over your people with justice
    and govern the oppressed with righteousness.
May the land enjoy prosperity;
    may it experience righteousness.
May the king judge the poor fairly;
    may he help the needy
    and defeat their oppressors.
May your people worship you as long as the sun shines,
    as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.

May the king be like rain on the fields,
    like showers falling on the land.
May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,
    and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.

His kingdom will reach from sea to sea,
    from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.
The peoples of the desert will bow down before him;
    his enemies will throw themselves to the ground.
10 The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts;
    the kings of Sheba and Seba[b] will bring him offerings.
11 All kings will bow down before him;
    all nations will serve him.

12 He rescues the poor who call to him,
    and those who are needy and neglected.
13 He has pity on the weak and poor;
    he saves the lives of those in need.
14 He rescues them from oppression and violence;
    their lives are precious to him.

15 Long live the king!
    May he be given gold from Sheba;[c]
    may prayers be said for him at all times;
    may God's blessings be on him always!
16 May there be plenty of grain in the land;
    may the hills be covered with crops,
    as fruitful as those of Lebanon.
May the cities be filled with people,
    like fields full of grass.
17 May the king's name never be forgotten;
    may his fame last as long as the sun.
May all nations ask God to bless them
    as he has blessed the king.[d]

18 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!
He alone does these wonderful things.
19 Praise his glorious name forever!
May his glory fill the whole world.

Amen! Amen!

20 This is the end of the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:1 HEBREW TITLE: By Solomon.
  2. Psalm 72:10 Sheba was toward the south in Arabia and Seba was on the opposite side of the Red Sea.
  3. Psalm 72:15 See 72.10.
  4. Psalm 72:17 as he has blessed the king; or and may they wish happiness for the king.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Psalm 72New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Psalm 72

Prayer for Guidance and Support for the King

Of Solomon.

Give the king your justice, O God,
    and your righteousness to a king’s son.
May he judge your people with righteousness,
    and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
    and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
    give deliverance to the needy,
    and crush the oppressor.

May he live[a] while the sun endures,
    and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
    like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish
    and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

May he have dominion from sea to sea,
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
May his foes[b] bow down before him,
    and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
    render him tribute,
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
    bring gifts.
11 May all kings fall down before him,
    all nations give him service.

12 For he delivers the needy when they call,
    the poor and those who have 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 precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!
    May gold of Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be made for him continually,
    and blessings invoked for him all day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain in the land;
    may it wave on the tops of the mountains;
    may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
    like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever,
    his fame continue as long as the sun.
May all nations be blessed in him;[c]
    may they pronounce him happy.

18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
    may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.

20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:5 Gk: Heb may they fear you
  2. Psalm 72:9 Cn: Heb those who live in the wilderness
  3. Psalm 72:17 Or bless themselves by him
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalm 72Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

72 (0) By Shlomo:

(1) God, give the king your fairness in judgment,
endow this son of kings with your righteousness,
so that he can govern your people rightly
and your poor with justice.
May mountains and hills provide your people
with peace through righteousness.
May he defend the oppressed among the people,
save the needy and crush the oppressor.

May they fear you as long as the sun endures
and as long as the moon, through all generations.
May he be like rain falling on mown grass,
like showers watering the land.
In his days, let the righteous flourish
and peace abound, till the moon is no more.
May his empire stretch from sea to sea,
from the [Euphrates] River to the ends of the earth.
May desert-dwellers bow before him;
may his enemies lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and the coasts will pay him tribute;
the kings of Sh’va and S’va will offer gifts.
11 Yes, all kings will prostrate themselves before him;
all nations will serve him.

12 For he will rescue the needy when they cry,
the poor too and those with none to help them.
13 He will have pity on the poor and needy;
and the lives of the needy he will save.
14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence;
their blood will be precious in his view.

15 May [the king] live long!
May they give him gold from the land of Sh’va!
May they pray for him continually;
yes, bless him all day long.
16 May there be an abundance of grain in the land,
all the way to the tops of the mountains.
May its crops rustle like the L’vanon.
May people blossom in the city like the grasses in the fields.
17 May his name endure forever,
his name, Yinnon, as long as the sun.[a]
May people bless themselves in him,
may all nations call him happy.

18 Blessed be Adonai, God,
the God of Isra’el,
who alone works wonders.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever,
and may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen. Amen.

20 This completes the prayers of David the son of Yishai.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:17 Or: “May his name flourish/propagate as long as the sun.” Jewish tradition considers Yinnon a name of the Messiah.
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Psalm 72The Message (MSG)

A Solomon Psalm

72 1-8 Give the gift of wise rule to the king, O God,
    the gift of just rule to the crown prince.
May he judge your people rightly,
    be honorable to your meek and lowly.
Let the mountains give exuberant witness;
    shape the hills with the contours of right living.
Please stand up for the poor,
    help the children of the needy,
    come down hard on the cruel tyrants.
Outlast the sun, outlive the moon—
    age after age after age.
Be rainfall on cut grass,
    earth-refreshing rain showers.
Let righteousness burst into blossom
    and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.
Rule from sea to sea,
    from the River to the Rim.

9-14 Foes will fall on their knees before God,
    his enemies lick the dust.
Kings remote and legendary will pay homage,
    kings rich and resplendent will turn over their wealth.
All kings will fall down and worship,
    and godless nations sign up to serve him,
Because he rescues the poor at the first sign of need,
    the destitute who have run out of luck.
He opens a place in his heart for the down-and-out,
    he restores the wretched of the earth.
He frees them from tyranny and torture—
    when they bleed, he bleeds;
    when they die, he dies.

15-17 And live! Oh, let him live!
    Deck him out in Sheba gold.
Offer prayers unceasing to him,
    bless him from morning to night.
Fields of golden grain in the land,
    cresting the mountains in wild exuberance,
Cornucopias of praise, praises
    springing from the city like grass from the earth.
May he never be forgotten,
    his fame shine on like sunshine.
May all godless people enter his circle of blessing
    and bless the One who blessed them.

18-20 Blessed God, Israel’s God,
    the one and only wonder-working God!
Blessed always his blazing glory!
    All earth brims with his glory.
Yes and Yes and Yes.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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