December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 For the leader. A psalm of David.
- LORD, the king finds joy in your power; in your victory how greatly he rejoices!
- You have granted him his heart's desire; you did not refuse the prayer of his lips. Selah
- For you welcomed him with goodly blessings; you placed on his head a crown of pure gold.
- He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever.
- Great is his glory in your victory; majesty and splendor you confer upon him.
- You make him the pattern of blessings forever, you gladden him with the joy of your presence.
- For the king trusts in the LORD, stands firm through the love of the Most High.
- Your hand will reach all your enemies; your right hand will reach your foes!
- At the time of your coming you will drive them into a furnace. Then the LORD'S anger will consume them, devour them with fire.
- Even their descendants you will wipe out from the earth, their offspring from the human race.
- Though they intend evil against you, devising plots, they will not succeed,
- For you will put them to flight; you will aim at them with your bow.
- Arise, LORD, in your power! We will sing and chant the praise of your might.
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1  The first part of this royal psalm is a thanksgiving (Psalm 21:2-8), and the second is a promise that the king will triumph over his enemies (Psalm 21:9-13). The king's confident prayer (Psalm 21:3-5) and trust in God (Psalm 21:8) enable him to receive the divine gifts of vitality, peace, and military success. Psalm 21:13(14) reprises Psalm 21:2. When kings ceased in Israel after the sixth century B.C., the psalm was sung of a future Davidic king.
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