Old Testament

Psalm 72
Psalm 72
The Rule of the Righteous King
By Solomon.
The King's Justice
1God, give your authority to judge to the King.
Give your righteousness to the Son of the King.
2He will judge your people with righteousness.
He will judge your afflicted ones with justice.
3The mountains will deliver peace to the people.
The hills will produce righteousness.
4He will obtain justice for the afflicted among the people.
He will save the children of the poor,
but he will crush the oppressor.
The King's Eternal Reign
5They will fear you[] as long as the sun remains,
and as long as the moon endures, through all generations.
6He will come down like rain on a mown field,
like showers, like a downpour on the earth.
7In his days the righteous will flourish,
and peace will be plentiful till the moon is no more.
The King's Universal Reign
8He will rule[] from sea to sea
and from the River[] to the ends of the earth.
9Those who dwell in the desert will bow before him,
and his enemies will lick the dust.
10The kings of Tarshish and of the sea coasts will bring tribute.
The kings of Sheba and Seba will offer him gifts.
11All kings will bow down to him.
All nations will serve him.
The Blessings of His Rule
12He will certainly deliver the poor person who cries out,
as well as the afflicted, and the one who has no helper.
13He will take pity on the weak and the poor.
He will save the lives of the poor.
14From oppression and violence he will redeem their lives,
because their blood is precious in his sight.
A Prayer for His Blessings
15May the King live![]
May gold from Sheba be offered to him.
May people always pray for him.
May they bless him all day long.
16Let there be an abundance of grain in the land.
Let it wave on the top of the mountains.
Let its fruit trees be like the cedars of Lebanon.[]
Let people from the city flourish like the grass of the land.
17May his name endure forever.
May his name flourish as long as the sun.
All nations will be blessed through him.
They will call him blessed.
Closing Doxology
18Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
19Blessed be his glorious name forever.
May the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
20This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.


  • 72:5 The translation follows the Hebrew. The Greek Old Testament reads he will endure.
  • 72:8 Or may he rule. Hebrew verb forms in this section that are translated as prophecy could also be translated as prayer, for example, may he rule.
  • 72:8 That is, the Euphrates River
  • 72:15 The Hebrew has singular pronouns throughout. For clarity the implied nouns have been supplied in the translation.
  • 72:16 Hebrew let its fruit be like Lebanon