This psalm praises the king at his wedding. It divulges the counsel given to the bride. It predicts their bloodline will be famous.
For the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” A contemplation by the sons of Korah. A wedding song.
VERSE 1. My heart overflows with a noble theme. I recite my verses for the king. My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer.
I recite my verses for the king. A singer or songwriter is addressing these words to the king.
VERSE 2. You are the most excellent of the sons of men. Grace has anointed your lips, therefore God has blessed you forever.
VERSE 3. Strap your sword on your thigh, mighty one: your splendor and your majesty.
right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.
VERSE 5. Your arrows are sharp. The nations fall under you, with arrows in the heart of the king’s enemies.
VERSE 6. Your throne, God, is forever and ever. A scepter of equity is the scepter of your kingdom.
Your throne, God. The author suddenly switches to addressing God.
VERSE 7. You have loved righteousness, and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
God, has anointed you. Kings were viewed as anointed of God.
VERSE 8. All your garments smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia. Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made you glad.
VERSE 9. Kings’ daughters are among your honorable women. At your right hand the queen stands in gold of Ophir.
gold of Ophir. This was probably the best gold known to exist.
VERSE 10. Listen, daughter, consider, and turn your ear. Forget your own people, and also your father’s house.
VERSE 11. So the king will desire your beauty, honor him, for he is your lord.
honor him. This reads as if the queen is instructed to consent to the sexual desires of the king.
VERSE 12. The daughter of Tyre comes with a gift. The rich among the people entreat your favor.
VERSE 13. The princess inside is all glorious. Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
The princess inside. That is, the queen is ushered into the king’s presence.
VERSE 14. She shall be led to the king in embroidered work. The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to you.
VERSE 15. With gladness and rejoicing they shall be led. They shall enter into the king’s palace.
VERSE 16. Your sons will take the place of your fathers. You shall make them princes in all the earth.
VERSE 17. I will make your name to be remembered in all generations. Therefore the peoples shall give you thanks forever and ever.
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