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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 72

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A Prayer for the King

1Of Solomon.

I

O God, give your judgment to the king; your justice to the son of kings; u Ps 99, 4; Jer 23, 5 . * 2That he may govern your people with justice, your oppressed with right judgment, v Prv 31, 8–9 . 3That the mountains may yield their bounty for the people, and the hills great abundance, w Is 52, 7; 55, 12 . 4That he may defend the oppressed among the people, save the poor and crush the oppressor.

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5May he live as long as the sun endures, like the moon, through all generations. x Ps 89, 37–38; Jer 31, 35 . 6May he be like rain coming down upon the fields, like showers watering the earth, y Dt 32, 2; Is 45, 8; Hos 6, 3 . 7That abundance may flourish in his days, great bounty, till the moon be no more.

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8May he rule from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earth. z Dt 11, 24; Zec 9, 10 . * 9May his foes kneel before him, his enemies lick the dust. a Is 49, 23; Mi 7, 17 . 10May the kings of Tarshish and the islands* bring tribute, the kings of Arabia and Seba* offer gifts. b Ps 68, 30; Is 60, 5–6; 1 Kgs 10, 1ff . 11May all kings bow before him, all nations serve him. c Pss 47, 8 . 12For he rescues the poor when they cry out, the oppressed who have no one to help. 13He shows pity to the needy and the poor d Prv 31, 9 . and saves the lives of the poor. 14From extortion and violence he frees them, for precious is their blood* in his sight.

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15Long may he live, receiving gold from Arabia, prayed for without cease, blessed day by day. 16May wheat abound in the land, flourish even on the mountain heights. May his fruit increase like Lebanon's, his wheat like the grasses of the land. e Is 27, 6; Hos 14, 6–8; Am 9, 13 . * 17May his name be blessed forever; as long as the sun, may his name endure. f Ps 21, 7 . May the tribes of the earth give blessings with his name;* may all the nations regard him as favored. g Gn 12, 3; Zec 8, 13 .

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18Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,* who alone does wonderful deeds. h Pss 41, 14; 89, 53; 106, 48; 136, 4 . 19Blessed be his glorious name forever; may all the earth be filled with the LORD's glory. i Ps 57, 5; Nm 14, 21 . Amen and amen. 20The end of the psalms of David, son of Jesse.

Notes:

u: Ps 99, 4; Jer 23, 5 .

v: Prv 31, 8–9 .

w: Is 52, 7; 55, 12 .

x: Ps 89, 37–38; Jer 31, 35 .

y: Dt 32, 2; Is 45, 8; Hos 6, 3 .

z: Dt 11, 24; Zec 9, 10 .

a: Is 49, 23; Mi 7, 17 .

b: Ps 68, 30; Is 60, 5–6; 1 Kgs 10, 1ff .

c: Pss 47, 8 .

d: Prv 31, 9 .

e: Is 27, 6; Hos 14, 6–8; Am 9, 13 .

f: Ps 21, 7 .

g: Gn 12, 3; Zec 8, 13 .

h: Pss 41, 14; 89, 53; 106, 48; 136, 4 .

i: Ps 57, 5; Nm 14, 21 .

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