1 «[A Psalm]Composed by David concerning the reign of his son Solomon.for Solomon.» Give the king thyImbue the king with the Spirit of wisdom and justice, that he reign not as the worldly tyrants do.judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king'sThat is, to his posterity.son.
2 Then shal he iudge thy people in righteousnesse, and thy poore with equitie.
3 TheWhen justice reigns, even the places most barren will be enriched with your blessings.mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.
4 He shallHe shows why the sword is committed to Kings that is, to defend the innocent, and suppress the wicked.judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
5 They shallThe people will embrace your true religion, when you give a king who rules according to your word.fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
6 He shall comeAs this is true in all godly kings, so it is chiefly verified in Christ, who with his heavenly dew, makes his Church ever to flourish.down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers [that] water the earth.
7 In his dayes shall the righteous florish, and abundance of peace shalbe so long as the moone endureth.
8 He shall have dominion also fromThat is, from the Red sea to the sea called the Syriacum, and from Euphrates forward, meaning, that Christ's kingdom would be large and universal.sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
9 They that dwell in ye wildernes, shall kneele before him, and his enemies shall licke the dust.
10 The kings ofOf Cilicia, and of all other countries beyond the sea, which he means by the isles.Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kingsThat is, of Arabia that rich country, of which Sheba was a part bordering on Ethiopia.of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
11 Yea, all Kings shal worship him: all nations shall serue him.
12 For he shall deliuer the poore when he cryeth: the needie also, and him that hath no helper.
13 He shalbe mercifull to the poore and needie, and shall preserue the soules of the poore.
14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: andThough tyrants pause not to shed blood, yet this godly king will preserve his subjects from all kinds of wrong.precious shall their blood be in his sight.
15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of theGod will both prosper his life and make the people willing to obey him.gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; [and] daily shall he be praised.
16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; theUnder such a king will be great plenty, both of fruit and also of the increase of mankind.fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and [they] of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and [men] shall be blessed in him: all nations shall callThey will pray to God for his continuance and know that God prospers them for his sake.him blessed.
18 Blessed [be] the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doethHe confesses that unless God miraculously preserves his people neither the king nor the kingdom can continue.wondrous things.
19 And blessed be his glorious Name for euer: and let all the earth be filled with his glorie. So be it, euen so be it.
20 TheConcerning his son Solomon.prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.