45 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
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
3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! 11
Appear in your majestic splendor! 12
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
5 Your arrows are sharp
and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies.
Nations fall at your feet. 17
6 Your throne, 18 O God, is permanent. 19
The scepter 20 of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.
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
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
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
10 Listen, O princess! 34
Observe and pay attention! 35
Forget your homeland 36 and your family! 37
11 Then 38 the king will be attracted by 39 your beauty.
After all, he is your master! Submit 40 to him! 41
12 Rich people from Tyre 42
will seek your favor by bringing a gift. 43
13 The princess 44 looks absolutely magnificent, 45
decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. 46
14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king.
Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her,
are led before you. 47
15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession
and enter the royal palace. 48
16 Your 49 sons will carry 50 on the dynasty of your ancestors; 51
you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, 52
then the nations will praise you 53 forever.
46 For the music director; by the Korahites; according to the alamoth style; 2 a song.
God is our strong refuge; 3
he is truly our helper in times of trouble. 4
2 For this reason we do not fear 5 when the earth shakes, 6
and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, 7
3 when its waves 8 crash 9 and foam,
and the mountains shake 10 before the surging sea. 11 (Selah)
4 The river’s channels bring joy to the city of God, 12
the special, holy dwelling place of 13 the sovereign One. 14
5 God lives within it, 15 it cannot be moved. 16
God rescues it 17 at the break of dawn. 18
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms are overthrown. 19
God 20 gives a shout, 21 the earth dissolves. 22
7 The Lord who commands armies is on our side! 23
The God of Jacob 24 is our protector! 25 (Selah)
8 Come! Witness the exploits 26 of the Lord,
who brings devastation to the earth! 27
9 He brings an end to wars throughout the earth; 28
he shatters 29 the bow and breaks 30 the spear;
he burns 31 the shields with fire. 32
10 He says, 33 “Stop your striving and recognize 34 that I am God!
I will be exalted 35 over 36 the nations! I will be exalted over 37 the earth!”
11 The Lord who commands armies is on our side! 38
The God of Jacob 39 is our protector! 40 (Selah)
47 For the music director; by the Korahites; a psalm.
All you nations, clap your hands!
Shout out to God in celebration! 2
2 For the sovereign Lord 3 is awe-inspiring; 4
he is the great king who rules the whole earth! 5
3 He subdued nations beneath us 6
and countries 7 under our feet.
4 He picked out for us a special land 8
to be a source of pride for 9 Jacob, 10 whom he loves. 11 (Selah)
5 God has ascended his throne 12 amid loud shouts; 13
the Lord has ascended his throne amid the blaring of ram’s horns. 14
6 Sing to God! Sing!
Sing to our king! Sing!
7 For God is king of the whole earth!
Sing a well-written song! 15
8 God reigns 16 over the nations!
God sits on his holy throne!
9 The nobles of the nations assemble,
along with the people of the God of Abraham, 17
for God has authority over the rulers 18 of the earth.
He is highly exalted! 19