1 The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord; ♦
how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation!
2 You have given him his heart’s desire ♦
and have not denied the request of his lips.
3 For you come to meet him with blessings of goodness ♦
and set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
4 He asked of you life and you gave it him, ♦
length of days, for ever and ever.
5 His honour is great because of your salvation; ♦
glory and majesty have you laid upon him.
6 You have granted him everlasting felicity ♦
and will make him glad with joy in your presence.
7 For the king puts his trust in the Lord; ♦
because of the loving-kindness of the Most High,
he shall not be overthrown.
8 Your hand shall mark down all your enemies; ♦
your right hand will find out those who hate you.
9 You will make them like a fiery oven
in the time of your wrath; ♦
the Lord will swallow them up in his anger
and the fire will consume them.
10 Their fruit you will root out of the land ♦
and their seed from among its inhabitants.
11 Because they intend evil against you ♦
and devise wicked schemes which they cannot perform,
12 You will put them to flight ♦
when you aim your bow at their faces.
13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your own might; ♦
we will make music and sing of your power.
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