Psalm 45:2
New International Version
You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.

New Living Translation
You are the most handsome of all. Gracious words stream from your lips. God himself has blessed you forever.

English Standard Version
You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.

Berean Study Bible
You are the most handsome of men; grace has anointed your lips, since God has blessed you forever.

New American Standard Bible
You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.

King James Bible
Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Christian Standard Bible
You are the most handsome of men; grace flows from your lips. Therefore God has blessed you forever.

Contemporary English Version
No one is as handsome as you! Your words are always kind. That is why God will always bless you.

Good News Translation
You are the most handsome of men; you are an eloquent speaker. God has always blessed you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are the most handsome of men; grace flows from your lips. Therefore God has blessed you forever.

International Standard Version
You are the most handsome of Adam's descendants; grace has anointed your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.

NET Bible
You are the most handsome of all men! You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! For this reason God grants you continual blessings.

New Heart English Bible
You are the most excellent of the sons of men. Grace has anointed your lips, therefore God has blessed you forever.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who is more beautiful in his appearance than the children of men; mercy has been poured upon your lips; because of this, God has blessed you to eternity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are the most handsome of Adam's descendants. Grace is poured on your lips. That is why God has blessed you forever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou art fairer than the children of men; Grace is poured upon thy lips; Therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

New American Standard 1977
Thou art fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Thy lips; Therefore God has blessed Thee forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou art fairer than the sons of men, grace is poured into thy lips; therefore God has blessed thee for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your lips: therefore God has blessed you forever.

American King James Version
You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your lips: therefore God has blessed you for ever.

American Standard Version
Thou art fairer than the children of men; Grace is poured into thy lips: Therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou art more beautiful than the sons of men: grace has been shed forth on thy lips: therefore God has blessed thee for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in thy lips; therefore hath God blessed thee for ever

Darby Bible Translation
Thou art fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

English Revised Version
Thou art fairer than the children of men; grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

World English Bible
You are the most excellent of the sons of men. Grace has anointed your lips, therefore God has blessed you forever.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast been beautified above the sons of men, Grace hath been poured into thy lips, Therefore hath God blessed thee to the age.
Study Bible
My Heart is Stirred by a Noble Theme
1For the choirmaster. To the tune of “The Lilies.” A Maskil of the sons of Korah. A love song. My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 2You are the most handsome of men; grace has anointed your lips, since God has blessed you forever. 3Strap your sword at your side, O mighty warrior; appear in your majesty and splendor.…
Cross References
Luke 4:22
All spoke well of Him and marveled at the gracious words that came from His lips. "Isn't this the son of Joseph?" they asked.

Psalm 21:6
For You grant him blessings forever; You cheer him with joy in Your presence.

Song of Solomon 5:10
My beloved is dazzling and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand.

Treasury of Scripture

You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your lips: therefore God has blessed you for ever.

fairer

Song of Solomon 2:3
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

Song of Solomon 5:10-16
My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand…

Zechariah 9:17
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

grace

Proverbs 22:11
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

Luke 4:22
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

God

Psalm 21:6
For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.

Psalm 72:17-19
His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed…

Philippians 2:9-11
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: …







Lexicon
You are the most handsome
יָפְיָפִ֡יתָ (yā·p̄ə·yā·p̄î·ṯā)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3302: To be bright, beautiful

of men;
מִבְּנֵ֬י (mib·bə·nê)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

grace
חֵ֭ן (ḥên)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2580: Graciousness, subjective, objective

has anointed
ה֣וּצַק (hū·ṣaq)
Verb - Hofal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3332: To pour out, to melt, cast as metal, to place firmly, to stiffen, grow hard

your lips,
בְּשְׂפְתוֹתֶ֑יךָ (bə·śə·p̄ə·ṯō·w·ṯe·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

since
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

God
אֱלֹהִ֣ים (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

has blessed you forever.
בֵּֽרַכְךָ֖ (bê·raḵ·ḵā)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse
(2) Thou art fairer.--Better, Fair art thou; aye, fairer than, &c. We may thus reproduce the Hebrew expression, which, however, grammatically explained, must convey this emphasis. The old versions render: "Thou art fair with beauty;" or, "Thou hast been made beautiful with beauty."

Grace is poured into thy lips.--Better, A flowing grace is on thy lips, which may refer either to the beauty of the mouth, or to the charm of its speech. Cicero, himself the grandest example of his own expression, says of another that "Persuasion had her seat upon his lips;" while Christian commentators have all naturally thought of Him at whose "words of grace" all men wondered.

Therefore.--This word is apparently out of place. But there is nothing harsh in rendering: Therefore, we say, God hath blessed thee for ever. And we are struck by the emphasis of its occurrence in Psalm 45:7; Psalm 45:17, as well as here. Ewald seems to be right in printing the clause so begun as a kind of refrain. The poet enumerates in detail the beauties of the monarch and his bride, and is interrupted by the acclaim of his hearers, who cannot withhold their approving voices.

Verse 2. - Thou art fairer than the children of men. It has been argued that a description of the Messiah would not lay stress on his personal beauty. But in the Song of Songs the personal beauty of the bridegroom, whom so many critics regard as the Messiah, is a main point (Song of Solomon 5:10-16). A perfect man, such as Messiah was to be, must needs be beautiful, at any rate with a beauty of expression. In calling his bridegroom "fair beyond the sons of men," the writer at once gives us to understand that he is not a mere man. Grace is poured into thy lips; rather, grace is poured out on thy lips (Hengstenberg, Cheyne, Kay). The gift of gracious expression and gracious speech has been poured upon him from on high (comp. Song of Solomon 5:16, "His mouth is most sweet"). Therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. The gifts bestowed upon him show the Divine favor and blessing, which, once granted, are not capriciously withdrawn. 45:1-5 The psalmist's tongue was guided by the Spirit of God, as the pen is by the hand of a ready writer. This psalm is touching the King Jesus, his kingdom and government. It is a shame that this good matter is not more the subject of our discourse. There is more in Christ to engage our love, than there is or can be in any creature. This world and its charms are ready to draw away our hearts from Christ; therefore we are concerned to understand how much more worthy he is of our love. By his word, his promise, his gospel, the good will of God is made known to us, and the good work of God is begun and carried on in us. The psalmist, ver. 3-5, joyfully foretells the progress and success of the Messiah. The arrows of conviction are very terrible in the hearts of sinners, till they are humbled and reconciled; but the arrows of vengeance will be more so to his enemies who refuse to submit. All who have seen his glory and tasted his grace, rejoice to see him, by his word and Spirit, bring enemies and strangers under his dominion.
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