New English Translation
For the music director; according to the tune of "Lilies;" by the Korahites, a well-written poem, a love song.
1 My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. I say, "I have composed this special song for the king; my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe."
2 You are the most handsome of all men! You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! For this reason God grants you continual blessings.
3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! Appear in your majestic splendor!
4 Appear in your majesty and be victorious! Ride forth for the sake of what is right, on behalf of justice! Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts!
5 Your arrows are sharp and penetrate the hearts of the king's enemies. Nations fall at your feet.
6 Your throne, O God, is permanent. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.
7 You love justice and hate evil. For this reason God, your God has anointed you with the oil of joy, elevating you above your companions.
8 All your garments are perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cassia. From the luxurious palaces comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy.
9 Princesses are among your honored guests, your bride stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir.
10 Listen, O princess! Observe and pay attention! Forget your homeland and your family!
11 Then the king will be attracted by your beauty. After all, he is your master! Submit to him!
12 Rich people from Tyre will seek your favor by bringing a gift.
13 The princess looks absolutely magnificent, decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold.
14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king. Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her, are led before you.
15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession and enter the royal palace.
16 Your sons will carry on the dynasty of your ancestors; you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, then the nations will praise you forever.
King James Version
To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.
1 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.
6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
9 Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;
11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.
13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.
16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.