(A special psalm by the clan of Korah and for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies.” A love song.) For a Royal Wedding 45 1My thoughts are filled with beautiful words for the king, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink. 2No one is as handsome as you! Your words are always kind. That is why God will always bless you. 3Mighty king, glorious ruler, strap on your sword 4and ride out in splendor! Win victories for truth and mercy and justice. Do fearsome things with your powerful arm. 5Send your sharp arrows through enemy hearts and make all nations fall at your feet. 6 You are God, and you will rule forever as king.[Z] Your royal power brings about justice. 7You love justice and hate evil. And so, your God chose you and made you happier than any of your friends. 8The sweet aroma of the spices myrrh, aloes, and cassia covers your royal robes. You enjoy the music of harps in palaces decorated with ivory. 9Daughters of kings are here, and your bride stands at your right side, wearing a wedding gown trimmed with pure gold.[A] 10Bride of the king, listen carefully to me. Forget your own people and your father's family. 11 The king adores you. He is your master, so do what he desires. 12All of the richest people from the city of Tyre will try to influence you 13with precious treasures. Your bride, my king, has inward beauty,[B] and her wedding gown is woven with threads of gold. 14Wearing the finest garments, she is brought to you, followed by her young friends, the bridesmaids. 15Everyone is excited, as they follow you to the royal palace. 16Your sons and your grandsons will also be kings as your ancestors were. You will make them rulers everywhere on earth. 17I will make your name famous from now on, and you will be praised forever and ever.
Contemporary English Version / ©1995 American Bible Society About