New International Version - UK

Psalm 72

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

Endow the king with your justice, O God,
    the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,
    your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
    the hills the fruit of righteousness.
May he defend the afflicted among the people
    and save the children of the needy;
    may he crush the oppressor.
May he endure[a] as long as the sun,
    as long as the moon, through all generations.
May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
    like showers watering the earth.
In his days may the righteous flourish
    and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

May he rule from sea to sea
    and from the River[b] to the ends of the earth.
May the desert tribes bow before him
    and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
    bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
    present him with gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
    and all nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
    the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
    and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
    for precious is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!
    May gold from Sheba be given to him.
May people ever pray for him
    and bless him all day long.
16 May corn abound throughout the land;
    on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
    and thrive[c] like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure for ever;
    may it continue as long as the sun.

Then all nations will be blessed through him,[d]
    and they will call him blessed.

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvellous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name for ever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 72:5 Septuagint; Hebrew You will be feared
  2. Psalm 72:8 That is, the Euphrates
  3. Psalm 72:16 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lebanon, / from the city
  4. Psalm 72:17 Or will use his name in blessings (see Gen. 48:20)

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 72

Psalm 72

A psalm of Solomon.

God, give the king the ability to judge fairly.
    He is your royal son. Help him to do what is right.
May he rule your people in the right way.
    May he be fair to those among your people who are hurting.
May the mountains and the hills produce rich crops,
    because the people will do what is right.
May the king stand up for those who are hurting.
    May he save the children of those who are in need.
    May he crush those who treat others badly.

May the king rule as long as the sun shines
    and the moon gives its light.
    May he rule for all time to come.
May he be like rain falling on the fields.
    May he be like showers watering the earth.
May godly people do well as long as he rules.
    May they have more than they need as long as the moon lasts.

May the king rule from sea to sea.
    May his kingdom reach from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
May the desert tribes bow down to him.
    May his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of places far away
    bring him gifts.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
    give him presents.
11 May all kings bow down to him.
    May all nations serve him.

12 The king will save needy people who cry out to him.
    He will save those who are hurting and have no one else to help.
13 He will take pity on those who are weak and in need.
    He will save them from death.
14 He will save them from people who treat others badly.
    He will save them from people who do mean things to them.
    Their lives are very special to him.

15 May the king 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.
16 May there be plenty of grain everywhere in the land.
    May it sway in the wind on the tops of the hills.
May the crops grow well, like those in Lebanon.
    May they grow like the grass of the field.
17 May the king’s name be remembered forever.
    May his fame last as long as the sun shines.

Then all nations will be blessed because of him.
    They will call him blessed.

18 Give praise to the Lord God, the God of Israel.
    Only he can do wonderful things.
19 Give praise to his glorious name forever.
    May his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.

20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, end here.