Psalm 21
Holman Christian Standard Bible

The King’s Victory

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1LORD, the king finds joy in Your strength.

How greatly he rejoices in Your victory!a

2You have given him his heart’s desireb

and have not denied the request of his lips.cSelah

3For You meet him with rich blessings;

You place a crown of pure gold on his head.d

4He asked You for life, and You gave it to him —

length of days forever and ever.e

5His glory is great through Your victory;

You confer majesty and splendor on him.f

6You give him blessings forever;g

You cheer him with joy in Your presence.h

7For the king relies on the LORD;

through the faithful love of the Most High

he is not shaken.i

8Your hand will capture all your enemies;

your right hand will seize those who hate you.j

9You will make them burn

like a fiery furnace when you appear;

the LORD will engulf them in His wrath,

and fire will devour them.k

10You will wipe their descendants from the earth

and their offspring from the human race.l

11Though they intend to harmm you

and devise a wicked plan, they will not prevail.n

12Instead, you will put them to flight

when you aim your bowo at their faces.p

13Be exalted, LORD, in Your strength;

we will sing and praise Your might.q


Footnotes:
a. 21:1 Ps 28:7-8; 59:16-17
b. 21:2 Ps 20:4; 145:19
c. 21:2 Ps 20:5; 1Pt 3:12
d. 21:3 2Sm 12:30; 1Ch 20:2
e. 21:4 Ps 61:6; 91:16
f. 21:5 Ps 8:5; 96:6
g. 21:6 1Ch 17:27
h. 21:6 Ps 16:11
i. 21:7 Ps 10:6; 16:8
j. 21:8 Ex 15:6; Is 10:10
k. 21:9 Ps 50:3; 97:3; Mal 4:1
l. 21:10 1Kg 13:34; Ps 37:28; Is 14:20
m. 21:11 Lit they stretch out evil against
n. 21:11 Ps 2:1-3; 7:15-16; 10:2
o. 21:12 Lit aim with your bowstrings
p. 21:12 Ps 7:12
q. 21:13 Ps 59:16; 81:1
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