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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 72

Psalm 72: O Lord, thy judgments give the king

A Psalm for Solomon.

Meter: C.M. (8,6,8,6)

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 extoll’d.

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 bless’d in him, and bless’d 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.