Psalm 45 New International Version

A Song for the King's Marriage

45 1  [1][2]My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 2  You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. 3  Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. 4  In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. 5  Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet.

6  Your throne, O God,[3] will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7  You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. 8  All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. 9  Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10  Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father's house. 11  Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. 12  The city of Tyre will come with a gift,[4]people of wealth will seek your favor. 13  All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. 14  In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her- those brought to be with her. 15  Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king. 16  Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land. 17  I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.


[1] 45:1 In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.

[2] 45:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[3] 45:6 Here the king is addressed as God's representative.

[4] 45:12 Or "A Tyrian robe is among the gifts"

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