Psalm 72

1God, help the king make wise decisions like you. And help the king’s son learn about your goodness. 2Help the king judge your people fairly. Help him make wise decisions for your poor people. 3Let there be peace and justice throughout the land. 4Let the king be fair to the poor people. Let him help the helpless. Let him punish the people who hurt them. 5May people fear and respect the king as long as the sun shines and the moon is in the sky. May people fear and respect him forever! 6Help the king be like rain falling on the fields, like showers falling on the land. 7Let goodness blossom while he is king. Let peace continue as long as the moon. 8Let his kingdom grow from sea to sea, from the ˻Euphrates˼ River to the faraway places on earth. 9May all the people living in the desert bow down to him. May all his enemies bow before him with their faces in the dirt. 10May the kings of Tarshish and all the faraway lands bring gifts to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba bring their tribute to him. 11May all kings bow down to our king. May all nations serve him. 12Our king helps the helpless. Our king helps poor, helpless people. 13Poor, helpless people depend on him. The king keeps them alive. 14The king saves them from cruel people who try to hurt them. The lives of those poor people are very important to the king. 15Long live the king! And let him receive gold from Sheba. Always pray for the king. Bless him every day. 16May the fields grow plenty of grain. May the hills be covered with crops. May the fields be as fertile as Lebanon. And may the cities be filled with people like fields covered with grass. 17May the king be famous forever. May people remember his name as long as the sun shines. May the people be blessed by him. And may they all bless him. 18Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel! Only God can do such amazing things. 19Praise his glorious name forever! Let his glory fill the whole world! Amen and Amen! 20This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.

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