Psalm 72 A psalm of Solomon. 72 1God, give the king the ability to judge fairly. He is your royal son. Help him to do what is right. 2Then he will rule your people in the right way. He will be fair to those among your people who are hurting. 3The mountains and the hills will produce rich crops, because the people will do what is right. 4The king will stand up for those who are hurting. He will save the children of those who are in need. He will crush those who beat others down.   5He will rule as long as the sun shines and the moon gives its light. He will rule for all time to come. 6He will be like rain falling on the fields. He will be like showers watering the earth. 7Godly people will do well as long as he rules. They will have more than they need as long as the moon lasts.   8He will rule from ocean to ocean. His kingdom will reach from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. 9The desert tribes will bow down to him. His enemies will lick the dust. 10The kings of Tarshish and of places far away will bring him gifts. The kings of Sheba and Seba will give him presents. 11All kings will bow down to him. All nations will serve him.   12People who are in need will cry out, and he will save them. He will save those who are hurting. They don’t have anyone else who can help them. 13He will take pity on those who are weak and in need. He will save them from death. 14He will save them from people who beat others down. He will save them from people who do mean things to them. Their lives are very special to him.   15May he live a long time! May gold from Sheba be given to him. May people always pray for him. May they ask the Lord to bless him all day long. 16Let there be plenty of grain everywhere in the land. May it sway in the wind on the tops of the hills. Let crops grow well, like those in Lebanon. Let them grow like the grass of the field. 17May the king’s name be remembered forever. May his fame last as long as the sun shines.   All nations will be blessed because of him. They will call him blessed.   18Give praise to the Lord God, the God of Israel. Only he can do wonderful things. 19Give praise to his glorious name forever. May his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.   20The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, end here.
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