Psalms 45

Psalm 451

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

45:1 My heart is stirred by a beautiful song.4

I say, “I have composed this special song5 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 reason9 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 scepter20 of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.

45:7 You love21 justice and hate evil.22

For this reason God, your God23 has anointed you24

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

45:8 All your garments are perfumed with27 myrrh, aloes, and cassia.

From the luxurious palaces28 comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy.29

45:9 Princesses30 are among your honored guests,31

your bride32 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 homeland36 and your family!37

45:11 Then38 the king will be attracted by39 your beauty.

After all, he is your master! Submit40 to him!41

45:12 Rich people from Tyre42

will seek your favor by bringing a gift.43

45:13 The princess44 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 Your49 sons will carry50 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 you53 forever.

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