A Solomon Psalm 72 1Give the gift of wise rule to the king, O God, the gift of just rule to the crown prince. 2May he judge your people rightly, be honorable to your meek and lowly. 3Let the mountains give exuberant witness; shape the hills with the contours of right living. 4Please stand up for the poor, help the children of the needy, come down hard on the cruel tyrants. 5Outlast the sun, outlive the moon— age after age after age. 6Be rainfall on cut grass, earth–refreshing rain showers. 7Let righteousness burst into blossom and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing. 8Rule from sea to sea, from the River to the Rim. 9Foes will fall on their knees before God, his enemies lick the dust. 10Kings remote and legendary will pay homage, kings rich and resplendent will turn over their wealth. 11All kings will fall down and worship, and godless nations sign up to serve him, 12Because he rescues the poor at the first sign of need, the destitute who have run out of luck. 13He opens a place in his heart for the down–and–out, he restores the wretched of the earth. 14He frees them from tyranny and torture— when they bleed, he bleeds; when they die, he dies. 15And live! Oh, let him live! Deck him out in Sheba gold. Offer prayers unceasing to him, bless him from morning to night. 16Fields 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. 17May 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. 18Blessed God, Israel’s God, the one and only wonder–working God! 19Blessed always his blazing glory! All earth brims with his glory. 20Yes and Yes and Yes.
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