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Psalms 72:8-11


72:8 May he rule 1  from sea to sea, 2 

and from the Euphrates River 3  to the ends of the earth!

72:9 Before him the coastlands 4  will bow down,

and his enemies will lick the dust. 5 

72:10 The kings of Tarshish 6  and the coastlands will offer gifts;

the kings of Sheba 7  and Seba 8  will bring tribute.

72:11 All kings will bow down to him;

all nations will serve him.

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

2 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.

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

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

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

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

7 sn Sheba was located in Arabia.

8 sn Seba was located in Africa.

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