To the chief music-maker; put to
Shoshannim. Of the sons of Korah. Maschil. A Song of loves.
My heart is flowing over with good things; my words are of
that which I have made for a king; my tongue is the pen of a
You are fairer than the children of men;
grace is flowing through your lips; for this cause the
blessing of God is with you for ever.
Put on your sword, make it ready at your
side, O strong chief, with your glory and power.
And go nobly on in your power, because you
are good and true and without pride; and your right hand
will be teaching you things of fear.
Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the
king's haters; because of them the peoples are falling under
Your seat of power, O God, is for ever and ever; the rod of
your kingdom is a rod of honour.
You have been a lover of righteousness and
a hater of evil: and so God, your God, has put the oil of
joy on your head, lifting you high over all other kings.
Your robes are full of the smell of all
sorts of perfumes and spices; music from the king's ivory
houses has made you glad.
Kings' daughters are among your noble
women: on your right is the queen in gold of Ophir.
O daughter, give thought and attention,
and let your ear be open; no longer keep in mind your
people, and your father's house;
So will the king have a great desire for
you, seeing how beautiful you are; because he is your lord,
give him honour.
And the daughters of Tyre will be there
with an offering; those who have wealth among the people
will be looking for your approval.
In the great house the king's daughter is
all shining: her clothing is worked with gold.
She will come before the king in robes of
needlework; the virgins in her train will come before you.
With joy and rapture will they come; they
will go into the king's house.
Your children will take the place of your
fathers; so that you may make them rulers over all the
I will keep the memory of your name living through all
generations; and because of this the people will give you
praise for ever.