Psalm 72


For Solomon

God, give your legal decisions to the king,

    your righteousness to the king's heir. (1)

May he rule your people with righteousness,

    your helpless poor with justice. (2)

May the mountains bear peace/wholeness to the people,

    and the hills righteousness. (3)

May he help the poor of the people to obtain justice,

    may he save those who are needy,

    may he crush the oppressor. (4)

May he lengthen his days while the sun endures,

    and as long as the moon lasts, generation after generation. (5)

May he be like rain on mown grass,

    like showers that soak the earth. (6)

May the righteous person (or righteousness) flourish in his days.

    may there be an abundance of peace (prosperity) until the moon is no more. (7)

May he rule from sea to sea,

    from the river Euphrates up to the ends of the earth. (8)

May his foes bow down before him,

    may his enemies lick the dust. (9)

May kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute,

    the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. (10)

May all kings bow down to him,

    all nations serve him. (11)

For he delivers the needy when they cry (or from the rich),

    the poor and those without any helper. (12)

He has pity on the weak and the needy,

    he delivers the lives of the destitute. (13)

From oppression and violence he redeems their life,

    their lifeblood is precious in his eyes. (14)

Long may he live!

    May they give to him gold from Sheba.

May they pray for him continually;

    May they bless him all the day. (15)

May there be plenty of grain in the land,

    on the top of the mountains may it shake.

May its fruit be like Lebanon,

    may its sheaves flourish like the grass of the earth. (16)

May his name last forever,

    may his fame increase as long as the sun endures.

May [all families of the earth] bless themselves in him,

    May all nations declare him happy. (17)

Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel,

    who is the only one who does marvelous things. (18)

Bless his glorious name forever

    May his glory fill the whole world.

Amen! Amen! (19)

The prayers of David the son of Jesse are complete. (20)


Feel free to use this translation in Christian worship.