Bible: Ps 45

Psalm 45 1 

45:1 For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 2  by the Korahites, a well-written poem, 3  a love song.

My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. 4 

I say, “I have composed this special song 5  for the king;

my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.” 6 

45:2 You are the most handsome of all men! 7 

You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! 8 

For this reason 9  God grants you continual blessings. 10 

45:3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! 11 

Appear in your majestic splendor! 12 

45:4 Appear in your majesty and be victorious! 13 

Ride forth for the sake of what is right, 14 

on behalf of justice! 15 

Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts! 16 

45:5 Your arrows are sharp

and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies.

Nations fall at your feet. 17 

45:6 Your throne, 18  O God, is permanent. 19 

The scepter 20  of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.

45:7 You love 21  justice and hate evil. 22 

For this reason God, your God 23  has anointed you 24 

with the oil of joy, 25  elevating you above your companions. 26 

45:8 All your garments are perfumed with 27  myrrh, aloes, and cassia.

From the luxurious palaces 28  comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy. 29 

45:9 Princesses 30  are among your honored guests, 31 

your bride 32  stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir. 33 

45:10 Listen, O princess! 34 

Observe and pay attention! 35 

Forget your homeland 36  and your family! 37 

45:11 Then 38  the king will be attracted by 39  your beauty.

After all, he is your master! Submit 40  to him! 41 

45:12 Rich people from Tyre 42 

will seek your favor by bringing a gift. 43 

45:13 The princess 44  looks absolutely magnificent, 45 

decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. 46 

45:14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king.

Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her,

are led before you. 47 

45:15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession

and enter the royal palace. 48 

45:16 Your 49  sons will carry 50  on the dynasty of your ancestors; 51 

you will make them princes throughout the land.

45:17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, 52 

then the nations will praise you 53  forever.

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