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.