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Psalm 72

(from Day 14 Morning Prayer)

Deus, judicium

  1. GIVE the King thy judgements, O God: and thy righteousness unto the King's son.
  2. Then shall he judge thy people according unto right: and defend the poor.
  3. The mountains also shall bring peace: and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
  4. He shall keep the simple folk by their right: defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong-doer.
  5. They shall fear thee, as long as the sun and moon endureth: from one generation to another.
  6. He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool: even as the drops that water the earth.
  7. In his time shall the righteous flourish: yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.
  8. His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other: and from the flood unto the world's end.
  9. They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him: his enemies shall lick the dust.
  10. The kings of Tharsis and of the isles shall give presents: the kings of Arabia and Saba shall bring gifts.
  11. All kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall do him service.
  12. For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth: the needy also, and him that hath no helper.
  13. He shall be favourable to the simple and needy: and shall preserve the souls of the poor.
  14. He shall deliver their souls from falsehood and wrong: and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
  15. He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia: prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall he be praised.
  16. There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills: his fruit shall shake like Libanus, and shall be green in the city like grass upon the earth.
  17. His Name shall endure for ever; his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities: which shall be blessed through him; and all the heathen shall praise him.
  18. Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel: which only doeth wondrous things;
  19. And blessed be the Name of his majesty for ever: and all the earth shall be filled with his majesty. Amen, Amen.