A psalm of Solomon
1 Give justice to the king, O God,
and righteousness to the king’s son.
2 Help him judge your people in the right way;
let the poor always be treated fairly.
3 May the mountains yield prosperity for all,
and may the hills be fruitful, because the king does what is right.
4 Help him to defend the
poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors.
5 May he live as long as the sun
shines, as long as the moon continues in the skies.
6 May his reign be as refreshing as the springtime
rains—like the showers that water the earth.
7 May all the godly flourish during his
reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the end of
8 May he reign from sea to
sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the
9 Desert nomads will bow before
him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust.
10 The western kings of Tarshish and the islands
will bring him tribute.
The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba
will bring him gifts.
11 All kings will bow before
him, and all nations will serve him.
12 He will rescue the poor when they cry to
him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to
13 He feels pity for the weak and the
needy, and he will rescue them.
14 He will save them from oppression and from
violence, for their lives are precious to him.
15 Long live the
king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him.
May the people always pray for him
and bless him all day long.
16 May there be abundant crops throughout the
land, flourishing even on the mountaintops.
May the fruit trees flourish as they do in Lebanon, sprouting up like grass in a field.
17 May the king’s name endure
forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines.
May all nations be blessed through him
and bring him praise.
18 Bless the Lord God, the God of
Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.
19 Bless his glorious name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and amen!