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Psalms 72:1

    Psalms 72:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king's son.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <Of Solomon.> Give the king your authority, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son.

    Webster's Revision

    Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king's son.

    World English Bible

    God, give the king your justice; your righteousness to the royal son.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 72:1

    Give the king thy judgments - Let Solomon receive thy law, as the civil and ecclesiastical code by which he is to govern the kingdom.

    And thy righteousness unto the king's son - Righteousness may signify equity. Let him not only rule according to the strict letter of thy law, that being the base on which all his decisions shall be founded; but let him rule also according to equity, that rigorous justice may never become oppressive. Solomon is called here the king, because now set upon the Jewish throne; and he is called the king's son, to signify his right to that throne on which he now sat.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 72:1

    Give the king - Supposing the psalm to have been composed by David in view of the inauguration of his son and successor, this is a prayer that God would bestow on him the qualifications which would tend to secure a just, a protracted, and a peaceful reign. Though it is to be admitted that the psalm was designed to refer ultimately to the Messiah, and to be descriptive of "his" reign, yet there is no impropriety in supposing that the psalmist believed the reign of Solomon would be, in some proper sense emblematic of that reign, and that it was his desire the reign of the one "might," as far as possible, resemble that of the other. There is no improbability, therefore, in supposing that the mind of the psalmist might have been directed to both in the composition of the psalm, and that while he used the language of prayer for the one, his eye was mainly directed to the characteristics of the other.

    Thy judgments - Knowledge; authority; ability to execute thy judgments, or thy laws. That is, he speaks of the king as appointed to administer justice; to maintain the laws of God, and to exercise judicial power. It is one of the primary ideas in the character of a king that he is the fountain of justice; the maker of the laws; the dispenser of right to all his subjects. The officers of the law administer justice "under" him; the last appeal is to him.

    And thy righteousness - That is, Clothe him, in the administration of justice, with a righteousness like thine own. Let it be seen that he represents "thee;" that his government may be regarded as thine own administration through him.

    Unto the king's son - Not only to him, but to his successor; that is, let the administration of justice in the government be perpetuated. There is no improbability in supposing that in this the psalmist may have designed also to refer to the last and the greatest of his successors in the line - the Messiah.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 72:1

    72:1 Judgments - He saith judgments in the plural number, because though the office of judging and ruling was but one, yet there were divers parts and branches, of it; in all which he begs that Solomon may be directed to do as God would have him to do.