The author prays for blessings upon the reign of king Solomon. He will foster righteousness and peace for the poor and oppressed.
VERSE 1. God, give the king your justice; your righteousness to the royal son.
give the king your justice. That is, give the king your love of justice. Do you love justice? Are you an advocate for justice?
VERSE 2. He will judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
your poor with justice. A godly person will judge poor people with justice. However, in our day, many professing Christians in the U.S. are extremely critical of poor people.
VERSE 3. The mountains shall bring prosperity to the people. The hills bring the fruit of righteousness.
bring prosperity to the people. That is, “bring prosperity to everyone.” Do you want everyone to have greater prosperity? Or do you want to hog it up just for yourself?
VERSE 4. He will judge the poor of the people. He will save the children of the needy, and will break the oppressor in pieces.
He will judge the poor. That is, he will “defend” the poor. A godly person defends poor people.
VERSE 5. They shall fear you while the sun endures; and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
VERSE 6. He will come down like rain on the mown grass, as showers that water the earth.
He will come down like rain. That is, his rule will be refreshing.
VERSE 7. In his days, the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.
VERSE 8. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, from the River to the ends of the earth.
the River. Probably the Euphrates River.
VERSE 9. Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him. His enemies shall lick the dust.
Those who dwell in the wilderness. That is, desert nomads.
VERSE 10. The kings of Tarshish and of the islands will bring tribute. The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
VERSE 11. Yes, all kings shall fall down before him. All nations shall serve him.
VERSE 12. For he will deliver the needy when he cries; the poor, who has no helper.
deliver the needy. A godly person will rescue the poor when they cry out. But in our day, many professing Christians want to deport poor people.
VERSE 13. He will have pity on the poor and needy. He will save the souls of the needy.
have pity on the poor and needy. A godly person will have pity on the poor and needy. But in our day, many professing Christians have contempt for the poor and needy.
VERSE 14. He will redeem their soul from oppression and violence. Their blood will be precious in his sight.
from oppression and violence. God will defend us from harm and violence.
VERSE 15. They shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba. Men shall pray for him continually. They shall bless him all day long.
VERSE 16. Abundance of grain shall be throughout the land. Its fruit sways like Lebanon. Let it flourish, thriving like the grass of the field.
VERSE 17. His name endures forever. His name continues as long as the sun. Men shall be blessed by him. All nations will call him blessed.
VERSE 18. Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.
VERSE 19. Blessed be his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and amen.
VERSE 20. This ends the prayers by David, the son of Jesse.
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