1My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
2You are the most handsome of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.
3Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your glory and majesty.
4In your majesty ride on victoriously for the cause of truth and to defend the right; let your right hand teach you dread deeds.
5Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the kings enemies; the peoples fall under you.
6Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
7you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your people and your fathers house,
11and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;
12the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people
13with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
14in many-colored robes she is led to the king; behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.
15With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
16In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.
17I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011