Psalm 72                                                                                                    Thursday Evening 2

Endow the king, God, with your judgment, * and the king's son with your justice,

    that he may govern your people with justice, * and your oppressed with judgment.

        May the mountains bring peace to your people, * and the hills bring justice.

    May he defend the oppressed of the people, * save the children of the needy, * and crush the extortioner!

May he revere you as long as the sun, * and till the moon be extinguished: * generations on end.

    May he descend like rain on the grasslands, * like showers on the dry land.

    May the just man flourish in his days, * and peace pour down till the moon be no more.

        May he rule from sea to sea, * and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.

        May the desert tribes bow before him, * and his enemies lick the dust.

           May the kings of Tarshish and the islands * bring him tribute,

               the kings of Sheba and Seba * offer him gifts.

                   May all kings prostrate before him, * and may all nations serve him!

                   If he rescues the needy crying for aid, * and the oppressed who has no helper,

               if he takes pity on the poor and needy, * and saves the lives of the destitute,

           if he redeems their lives from lawless oppression, * and their blood is precious in his eyes,

        then long may he live, * and may he be given gold from Sheba;

        let perpetual prayer be made for him, * and blessings called on him all day long!

    Let there too be a robe of wheat on the land, * and lush grass on the hill tops.

    Let his children blossom like Lebanon, * flourishing like the grass of the earth.

Let his descendants last forever, * bear offspring till the sun be extinguished.

    Let his descendants be blessed through him, * and all nations made happy by him.

    Blessed be Yahweh God, * the God of Israel * who alone does wonders.

Blessed be his glorious name forever! * May all the earth be filled with his glory.

Amen. Amen.


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