|A Psalm of Solomon.|
Give the king thy justice, O God,
and thy righteousness to the royal son!
|BOOK 3. (Ps.73-89) Triumph of Justice. Psalm 72(v71)|
|May he judge thy people with righteousness, |
and thy poor with justice!
|Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, |
nd 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 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, |
till the moon be no more!
|May he have dominion from sea to sea, |
and from the River to the ends of the earth!
|May his foes bow down before him, |
and his enemies lick the dust!
|May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, |
may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
|May all kings fall down before him, |
all nations serve him!
|For he delivers the needy when he calls, |
the poor and him who has no helper.
|He has pity on the weak and the needy, |
and saves the lives of the needy.
|From oppression and violence he redeems their life; |
and precious is their blood in his sight.
|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 the day!
|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 men blossom forth from the cities like the grass of the field!
|May his name endure for ever, |
his fame continue as long as the sun!
May men bless themselves by him,
all nations call him blessed!
|Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, |
who alone does wondrous things.
|Blessed be his glorious name for ever; |
may his glory fill the whole earth!
Amen and Amen!
|The prayers of David, |
the son of Jesse, are ended.
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