1 Give the King your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the King’s son;
2 That he may rule your people righteously
and the poor with justice.
3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people,
and the little hills bring righteousness.
4 He shall defend the needy among the people;
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure,
from one generation to another.
6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field,
like showers that water the earth.
7 In his time shall the righteous flourish;
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
8 He shall rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 His foes shall bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute,
and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
11 All kings shall bow down before him,
and all the nations do him service.
12 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress,
and the oppressed who has no helper.
13 He shall have pity on the lowly and poor;
he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence,
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
and may there be given to him gold from Arabia;
may prayer be made for him always,
and may they bless him all the day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
growing thick even on the hilltops;
may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17 May his Name remain for ever
and be established as long as the sun endures;
may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the Lord GOD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous deeds!
19 And blessed be his glorious Name for ever!
and may all the earth be filled with his glory. Amen.
Collect of the Day: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.