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Psalms 72:7-11


72:7 During his days the godly will flourish; 1 

peace will prevail as long as the moon remains in the sky. 2 

72:8 May he rule 3  from sea to sea, 4 

and from the Euphrates River 5  to the ends of the earth!

72:9 Before him the coastlands 6  will bow down,

and his enemies will lick the dust. 7 

72:10 The kings of Tarshish 8  and the coastlands will offer gifts;

the kings of Sheba 9  and Seba 10  will bring tribute.

72:11 All kings will bow down to him;

all nations will serve him.

1 tn Heb “sprout up,” like crops. This verse continues the metaphor of rain utilized in v. 6.

2 tn Heb “and [there will be an] abundance of peace until there is no more moon.”

3 tn The prefixed verbal form is a (shortened) jussive form, indicating this is a prayer of blessing.

4 sn From sea to sea. This may mean from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Dead Sea in the east. See Amos 8:12. The language of this and the following line also appears in Zech 9:10.

5 tn Heb “the river,” a reference to the Euphrates.

6 tn Or “islands.” The term here refers metonymically to those people who dwell in these regions.

7 sn As they bow down before him, it will appear that his enemies are licking the dust.

8 sn Tarshish was a distant western port, the precise location of which is uncertain.

9 sn Sheba was located in Arabia.

10 sn Seba was located in Africa.

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