Psalm 72:2
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New International Version
May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.

New Living Translation
Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly.

English Standard Version
May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!

New American Standard Bible
May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice.

King James Bible
He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted ones with justice.

International Standard Version
May he rule your people with right decisions and your oppressed ones with justice.

NET Bible
Then he will judge your people fairly, and your oppressed ones equitably.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That he shall judge your people in righteousness and your poor ones in judgment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
so that he may judge your people with righteousness and your oppressed [people] with justice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall judge thy people with righteousness and thy poor with judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

American King James Version
He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment.

American Standard Version
He will judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with justice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give to the king thy judgment, O God: and to the king's son thy justice: To judge thy people with justice, and thy poor with judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
He will judge thy people with righteousness, and thine afflicted with judgment.

English Revised Version
He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

World English Bible
He will judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

Young's Literal Translation
He judgeth Thy people with righteousness, And Thy poor with judgment.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

72:2-17 This is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ; many passages in it cannot be applied to the reign of Solomon. There were righteousness and peace at first in the administration of his government; but, before the end of his reign, there were troubles and unrighteousness. The kingdom here spoken of is to last as long as the sun, but Solomon's was soon at an end. Even the Jewish expositors understood it of the kingdom of the Messiah. Observe many great and precious promises here made, which were to have full accomplishment only in the kingdom of Christ. As far as his kingdom is set up, discord and contentions cease, in families, churches, and nations. The law of Christ, written in the heart, disposes men to be honest and just, and to render to all their due; it likewise disposes men to live in love, and so produces abundance of peace. Holiness and love shall be lasting in Christ's kingdom. Through all the changes of the world, and all the changes of life, Christ's kingdom will support itself. And he shall, by the graces and comforts of his Spirit, come down like rain upon the mown grass; not on that cut down, but that which is left growing, that it may spring again. His gospel has been, or shall be, preached to all nations. Though he needs not the services of any, yet he must be served with the best. Those that have the wealth of this world, must serve Christ with it, do good with it. Prayer shall be made through him, or for his sake; whatever we ask of the Father, should be in his name. Praises shall be offered to him: we are under the highest obligations to him. Christ only shall be feared throughout all generations. To the end of time, and to eternity, his name shall be praised. All nations shall call HIM blessed.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. Then will he have wisdom to judge thy people aright. The wish is in the closest possible agreement with the prayer in 1 Kings 3:6-9.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He shall judge thy people with righteousness,.... Or, "so shall he judge"; or, "that he may judge" (n), as the Syriac and Arabic versions; having the judgments and righteousness of God given him, he will be thereby qualified to judge the people of God; such as are so, not by creation, but by special grace; his chosen and covenant people, the redeemed and purchased people of God, and who in the effectual calling appear to be so, and are made his willing people. These Christ judges, rules, and governs, protects and defends, in a righteous manner; pleads their cause, vindicates their right, and avenges them on their enemies, as well as justifies them with his own righteousness;

and thy poor with judgment; justice and equity. Such who are literally poor, and are the Lord's poor, whom he has chosen, and makes rich in faith, and heirs of a kingdom; and with whom Christ, when here on earth, was chiefly concerned, and now is; and not with the great men and rulers of the earth: or such who are poor in spirit, sensible of their spiritual poverty; that find themselves hungry and thirsty, and destitute of righteousness, and without money, or anything to procure either. Or, "thine afflicted ones" (o); such as are distressed in body or mind, with respect to things temporal or spiritual; oppressed by sin, Satan, and the world, These Christ regards, and administers justice to in his own time and way; see Isaiah 11:4.

(n) "ut jus dicat", Tigurine version; so Ainsworth. (o) "afflictos tuos", Montanus, Vatablus, Musculus, Piscator, Gejerus, Michaelis, Tiguriue version.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2, &c. The effects of such a government by one thus endowed are detailed.

thy people … and thy poor—or, "meek," the pious subjects of his government.

Psalm 72:2 Additional Commentaries
Give the King Your Justice
1A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son. 2May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice. 3Let the mountains bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness.…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:9
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

1 Kings 10:9
Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the LORD's eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness."

Psalm 82:3
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Isaiah 9:7
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 11:2
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD--

Isaiah 11:4
but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Isaiah 32:1
See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.

Isaiah 32:17
The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Isaiah 42:3
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

Jeremiah 23:5
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.
Treasury of Scripture

He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment.

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Psalm 72:12-14 For he shall deliver the needy when he cries; the poor also, and …

Psalm 45:6,7 Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of your kingdom …

1 Kings 3:5-10 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God …

Isaiah 11:3-5 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: …

Isaiah 32:1,17 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule …

Jeremiah 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness …

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat …

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 82:3,4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy…

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

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