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{To the chief Musician.
Upon Shoshannim.
Of the sons of Korah.
An instruction;
— a song of the Beloved.}
My heart is welling forth [with] a good matter: I say what I have composed touching the king.
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
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Thou art fairer than the sons of men;
grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
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Gird thy sword upon [thy] thigh, O mighty one, [in] thy majesty and thy splendour;
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And [in] thy splendour ride prosperously, because of truth and meekness [and] righteousness: and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
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Thine arrows are sharppeoples fall under thee — in the heart of the king's enemies.
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Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever;
a sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of thy kingdom:
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Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness;
therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy companions.
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Myrrh and aloes, cassia, are all thy garments;
out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made thee glad.
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Kings' daughters are among thine honourable women;
upon thy right hand doth stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
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Hearken, daughter, and see, and incline thine ear;
and forget thine own people and thy father's house:
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And the king will desire thy beauty;
for he is thy Lord, and worship thou him.
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And the daughter of Tyre with a gift, the rich ones among the people, shall court thy favour.
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All glorious is the king's daughter within;
her clothing is of wrought gold:
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She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of embroidery;
the virgins behind her, her companions, shall be brought in unto thee:
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With joy and gladness shall they be brought;
they shall enter into the king's palace.
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Instead of thy fathers shall be thy sons;
princes shalt thou make them in all the earth.
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I will make thy name to be remembered throughout all generations;
therefore shall the peoples praise thee for ever and ever.