objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Psa 72: David prays for Solomon's reign
Comments: The title ‘Of
Solomon ' in the light
of the last verse, “ This
concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse,” suggests
that this is a prayer for Solomon by David as Solomon takes over
the throne from his aging father. Observe the various things David
asks for, for his son.]
Prayers for Solomon to be righteous & just & caring
the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.
May he endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.
he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
his days may the righteous flourish
and prosperity abound till the moon is
Prayers for Solomon's reign to prosper & be strong
May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the
May the desert tribes bow before him
and his enemies lick the dust.
May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
present him with gifts.
May all kings bow down to him
and all nations serve him.
Prayers for Solomon to be caring
he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
will take pity on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.
will rescue them from oppression and violence,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
Prayers for Solomon to prosper and endure
may he live!
May gold from Sheba
be given to him.
May people ever pray for him
and bless him all day long.
May corn abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
May his name endure for ever;
may it continue as
long as the sun.
all nations will be blessed through him,
and they will call him blessed.
Praise to the Lord for His greatness & glory
be to the Lord
the God of Israel,
who alone does marvellous deeds.
be to his glorious name for ever;
may the whole earth be filled with his
Amen and Amen.
concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.
Comments: David's own heart is revealed here as he prays
for his son to be righteous [v.1-6, 12-14]. He also prays that
he will be a great king who will stand out [v.8-11, 15-17] and
he concludes with praise for God [v.18-20] who he desires to be
glorified in all the earth.]
to Psa 73