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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LXXII
 
The Reign of the Righteous King
 
 
A Psalm of Solomon.
 
 
[1]  GIVE the king thy judgments, O God,
And thy righteousness unto the king’s son.
[2]  He 1 will judge thy people with righteousness,
And thy poor with justice.
[3]  The mountains shall bring peace to the people,
And the hills, in righteousness.
[4]  He will judge the poor of the people,
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor.
[5]  They shall fear thee while the sun endureth,
And so 2 long as the moon, throughout all generations.
[6]  He will come down like rain upon the mown grass,
As showers that water the earth.
[7]  In his days shall the righteous flourish,
And abundance of peace, till the moon be no more.
[8]  He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the River unto the ends of the earth.
[9]  They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him;
And his enemies shall lick the dust.
[10]  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall render tribute:
The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
[11]  Yea, all kings shall fall down before him;
All nations shall serve him.
[12]  For he will deliver the needy when he crieth,
And the poor, that 3 hath no helper.
[13]  He will have pity on the poor 4 and needy,
And the souls of the needy he will save.
[14]  He will redeem their soul from oppression 5 and violence;
And precious will their blood be in his sight:
[15]  And they 6 shall live; and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba:
And men shall pray for him continually;
They 7 shall bless him all the day long.
[16]  There shall be abundance 8 of grain in the earth 9 upon the top of the mountains;
The fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon:
And they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
[17]  His name shall endure for ever;
His name shall be 10 continued as 11 long as the sun:
And men shall be 12 blessed in him;
All nations shall call him happy.
 
[18]  Blessed be Jehovah God, the God of Israel,
Who only doeth wondrous things:
[19]  And blessed be his glorious name for ever;
And let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen, and Amen.
 
[20]  The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
 
Note 1. Or, Let him and so throughout the Psalm. [back]
Note 2. Heb. before the moon. [back]
Note 3. Or, and him that hath. [back]
Note 4. Or, weak. [back]
Note 5. Or, fraud. [back]
Note 6. Or, he. [back]
Note 7. Or, he. [back]
Note 8. Or, a handful. [back]
Note 9. Or, land. [back]
Note 10. Or, have issue. [back]
Note 11. Heb. before the sun. [back]
Note 12. Or, bless themselves. [back]
 

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