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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 45

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Song for a Royal Wedding

1For the leader; according to “Lilies.”

A maskilof the Korahites. A love song.

I

2My heart is stirred by a noble theme, as I sing my ode to the king. My tongue is the pen of a nimble scribe.

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3You are the most handsome of men; fair speech has graced your lips, for God has blessed you forever. h Song 5, 10–16 . 4Gird your sword upon your hip, mighty warrior! In splendor and majesty ride on triumphant! i Ps 21, 5 . 5In the cause of truth and justice may your right hand show you wondrous deeds. 6Your arrows are sharp; peoples will cower at your feet; the king's enemies will lose heart. 7Your throne, O god,* stands forever; j 45, 7–8: Heb 1, 8–9 . your royal scepter is a scepter for justice. 8You love justice and hate wrongdoing; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellow kings. 9With myrrh, aloes, and cassia your robes are fragrant. From ivory‐paneled palaces* stringed instruments bring you joy. 10Daughters of kings are your lovely wives; a princess arrayed in Ophir's gold* comes to stand at your right hand.

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11Listen, my daughter, and understand; pay me careful heed. Forget your people and your father's house,* 12that the king might desire your beauty. He is your lord; 13honor him, daughter of Tyre. Then the richest of the people will seek your favor with gifts. k Ps 72, 10–11; Is 60, 5f . 14All glorious is the king's daughter as she enters, l 45, 14–16: Ez 16, 10–13 . her raiment threaded with gold; 15In embroidered apparel she is led to the king. The maids of her train are presented to the king. 16They are led in with glad and joyous acclaim; they enter the palace of the king.

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17The throne of your fathers your sons will have; you shall make them princes through all the land. m Gn 17, 6 . 18I will make your name renowned through all generations; thus nations shall praise you forever. n Is 60, 15 .

Notes:

h: Song 5, 10–16 .

i: Ps 21, 5 .

j: 45, 7–8: Heb 1, 8–9 .

k: Ps 72, 10–11; Is 60, 5f .

l: 45, 14–16: Ez 16, 10–13 .

m: Gn 17, 6 .

n: Is 60, 15 .

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