Psalm 72 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
God, give the king the ability to judge fairly.
He is your royal son. Help him to do what is right.
May he rule your people in the right way.
May he be fair to those among your people who are hurting.
May the mountains and the hills produce rich crops,
because the people will do what is right.
May the king stand up for those who are hurting.
May he save the children of those who are in need.
May he crush those who treat others badly.
May the king rule as long as the sun shines
and the moon gives its light.
May he rule for all time to come.
May he be like rain falling on the fields.
May he be like showers watering the earth.
May godly people do well as long as he rules.
May they have more than they need as long as the moon lasts.
May the king rule from sea to sea.
May his kingdom reach from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
May the desert tribes bow down to him.
May his enemies lick the dust.
May the kings of Tarshish and of places far away
bring him gifts.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
give him presents.
May all kings bow down to him.
May all nations serve him.
The king will save needy people who cry out to him.
He will save those who are hurting and have no one else to help.
He will take pity on those who are weak and in need.
He will save them from death.
He will save them from people who treat others badly.
He will save them from people who do mean things to them.
Their lives are very special to him.
May the king live a long time!
May gold from Sheba be given to him.
May people always pray for him.
May they ask the Lord to bless him all day long.
May there be plenty of grain everywhere in the land.
May it sway in the wind on the tops of the hills.
May the crops grow well, like those in Lebanon.
May they grow like the grass of the field.
May the king’s name be remembered forever.
May his fame last as long as the sun shines.
Then all nations will be blessed because of him.
They will call him blessed.
Give praise to the Lord God, the God of Israel.
Only he can do wonderful things.
Give praise to his glorious name forever.
May his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.
Old Testament Reading
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Common English Bible (CEB)
The man said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has richly blessed my master, has made him a great man, and has given him flocks, cattle, silver, gold, men servants, women servants, camels, and donkeys. My master’s wife Sarah gave birth to a son for my master in her old age, and he’s given him everything he owns. My master made me give him my word: ‘Don’t choose a wife for my son from the Canaanite women, in whose land I’m living. No, instead, go to my father’s household and to my relatives and choose a wife for my son.’
“Today I arrived at the spring, and I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you wish to make the trip I’m taking successful, when I’m standing by the spring and the young woman who comes out to draw water and to whom I say, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jar,” and she responds to me, “Drink, and I will draw water for your camels too,” may she be the woman the Lord has selected for my master’s son.’ Before I finished saying this to myself, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder and went down to the spring to draw water. And I said to her, ‘Please give me something to drink.’ She immediately lowered her water jar and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels something to drink too.’ So I drank and she also gave water to the camels. Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son whom Milcah bore him.’ I put a ring in her nose and bracelets on her arms. I bowed and worshipped the Lord and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who led me in the right direction to choose the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. Now if you’re loyal and faithful to my master, tell me. If not, tell me so I will know where I stand either way.”
They called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?”
She said, “I will go.”
So they sent off their sister Rebekah, her nurse, Abraham’s servant, and his men. And they blessed Rebekah, saying to her,
“May you, our sister, become
thousands of ten thousand;
may your children possess
their enemies’ cities.”
Rebekah and her young women got up, mounted the camels, and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.
Now Isaac had come from the region of Beer-lahai-roi and had settled in the arid southern plain. One evening, Isaac went out to inspect the pasture, and while staring he saw camels approaching. Rebekah stared at Isaac. She got down from the camel and said to the servant, “Who is this man walking through the pasture to meet us?”
The servant said, “He’s my master.” So she took her headscarf and covered herself. The servant told Isaac everything that had happened. Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent. He received Rebekah as his wife and loved her. So Isaac found comfort after his mother’s death.