A Song Celebrating the King’s Marriage.
To the Chief Musician; set to the [tune of] “Lilies.” A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem. A Song of Love.
1My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my psalm to the King.
My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Graciousness is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Strap Your sword on Your thigh, O mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly
For the cause of truth and humility and righteousness;
Let Your right hand guide You to awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples (nations) fall under You;
Your arrows pierce the hearts of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness (virtue, morality, justice) and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, your God, has anointed You
Above Your companions with the oil of jubilation.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes and cassia;
From ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.
Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear [to my instruction]:
Forget your people and your father’s house;
Then the King will desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, bow down and honor Him.
The daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
The rich among the people will seek your favor.
Glorious is the King’s daughter within [the palace];
Her robe is interwoven with gold.
She will be brought to the King in embroidered garments;
The virgins, her companions who follow her,
Will be brought to You.
With gladness and rejoicing will they be led;
They will enter into the King’s palace.
In place of your fathers will be your sons;
You shall make princes in all the land.
I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the peoples will praise and give You thanks forever and ever.