Psalms 45

Celebration of a Royal Wedding
For the music director; according to The Lilies. Of the sons of Korah.
A maskil. A song of love.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1My heart is moved with a good word;
I recite my compositions#Literally “works,” that is, the song he has composed to the king.
My tongue is the pen of a skilled scribe.
2You are the most handsome of the sons of humankind;
grace is poured out on your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
3Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your splendor and your majesty.
4And in your majesty ride victoriously,#Literally “Succeed! Ride!”
because of truth and humility and righteousness.
And let your right hand teach you awesome deeds.
5Your arrows are sharp;
peoples fall under you
in the midst of the king’s enemies.
6Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
A scepter of uprightness is
the scepter of your kingdom.
7You love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
from among your companions with festive oil.
8All your robes are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From palaces of ivory stringed instruments gladden you.
9Kings’ daughters are among your noble ladies.
The queen stands at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
10Hear, O daughter, and discern#Literally “see” and incline your ear,
and forget your people and your father’s house.
11Let the king desire your beauty.#Or “Should the king desire … then bow down …”
Because he is your lord, therefore#Hebrew “and” bow down to him.
12Even the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift.
The rich from among people will seek your favor.#Literally “face”
13The king’s daughter is all glorious within;#That is, within her bridal chamber
her garment is of gold embroidered cloth.
14She is brought to the king in colorful garments.
The young women behind her, her attendants,
are being brought to you.
15They are led with joy and gladness.
They enter the palace of the king.
16In place of your#The pronouns and verbal forms are masculine in this verse fathers will be your sons.
You will make them princes in all the land.#Or “earth”
17I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore peoples will praise you forever and ever.