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Psalm 72

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1 Endow the king with justice, LORD, 

the royal son with righteousness. 

2 Your people, your afflicted ones, 

He'll judge with truth and uprightness. 

3 The mountains will bring peace to them, 

the hills the fruit of righteousness. 

4 He will defend and save the poor, 

and crush all those who them oppress. 

5 As long as sun and moon endure, 

so will he live time without end. 

6 He'll be like showers on the earth, 

like rains that on mown fields descend. 

7 The righteous then will blossom forth

Throughout his everlasting reign; 

until the moon no longer shines, 

Peace in abundance will remain. 

8 From sea to sea he will hold sway

and from the River to earth's end. 

9 His enemies will lick the dust, 

and desert tribes the knee will bend. 


10 Then Tarshish and the distant shores

will send the tribute of their kings; 

Sheba's and Seba's kings will come

and bring to him their offerings. 


11 All kings will humbly bow to him; 

and nations worship him with fear. 

12 He'll save the need when they call, 

the poor for whom no help is near. 


13 He will take pity on the weak 

and save them from oppressive might. 

14 He'll rescue them from violence; 

their blood is precious in his sight.  

Psalm 72

15 Long may he live! May Sheba's gold

be giv'n to him abundantly! 

May people ever pray for him 

and bless his name continually. 

16 Let grain abound throughout the land, 

the tops of hills their harvest yield; 

May they bear fruit like Lebanon

And thrive as grass grows in the field. 

17 For ever may his name endure; 

May it continue as the sun. 

All nations will be blessed in him 

Whom they will call the Blessèd One.

18 Praise to the LORD - to Israel’s God; 

His awesome deeds proclaim to men. 

19 His name be praised eternally; 

His glory fill the earth. Amen!

Lyrics from 'Sing Psalms'. Copyright Free Church of Scotland.

Scottish Psalter (1650) 


1 O Lord, thy judgments give the king,
his son thy righteousness.
2 With right he shall thy people judge,
thy poor with uprightness.

3 The lofty mountains shall bring forth
unto the people peace;
Likewise the little hills the same
shall do by righteousness.


4 The people’s poor ones he shall judge,
the needy’s children save;
And those shall he in pieces break
who them oppressed have.


5 They shall thee fear, while sun and moon
do last, through ages all.
6 Like rain on mown grass he shall drop,
or show’rs on earth that fall.


7 The just shall flourish in his days,
and prosper in his reign:
He shall, while doth the moon endure,
abundant peace maintain.


8 His large and great dominion shall
from sea to sea extend:
It from the river shall reach forth
unto earth’s utmost end.

9 They in the wilderness that dwell
bow down before him must;
And they that are his enemies
shall lick the very dust.


10 The kings of Tarshish, and the isles,
to him shall presents bring;
And unto him shall offer gifts
Sheba’s and Seba’s king.


11 Yea, all the mighty kings on earth
before him down shall fall;
And all the nations of the world
do service to him shall.


12 For he the needy shall preserve,
when he to him doth call;
The poor also, and him that hath
no help of man at all.


13 The poor man and the indigent
in mercy he shall spare;
He shall preserve alive the souls
of those that needy are.


14 Both from deceit and violence
their soul he shall set free;
And in his sight right precious
and dear their blood shall be.

15 Yea, he shall live, and giv’n to him
shall be of Sheba’s gold:
For him still shall they pray, and he
shall daily be extolled.


16 Of corn an handful in the earth
on tops of mountains high,
With prosp’rous fruit shall shake, like trees
on Lebanon that be.


The city shall be flourishing,
her citizens abound
In number shall, like to the grass
that grows upon the ground.


17 His name for ever shall endure;
last like the sun it shall:
Men shall be blessed in him, and blessed
all nations shall him call.


18 Now blessed be the Lord our God,
the God of Israel,
For he alone doth wondrous works,
in glory that excel.


19 And blessed be his glorious name
to all eternity:
The whole earth let his glory fill.
Amen, so let it be.

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