The Meaning of Psalms 72:3 Explained

Psalms 72:3

KJV: The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

YLT: The mountains bear peace to the people, And the heights by righteousness.

Darby: The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the hills, by righteousness.

ASV: The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness.

What does Psalms 72:3 Mean?

Context Summary

Psalms 72:1-11 - "king Of Kings"
Solomon's reign opened as a morning without clouds. Much of the imagery of this royal ode is derived from the circumstances of his life. Compare Psalms 72:1-4 with his prayer for the listening heart, 1 Kings 3:9; the anticipations of peace, Psalms 72:3; Psalms 72:7, with his name, "the peaceful one;" the rule from sea to sea, Psalms 72:8, with 1 Kings 4:24; the presents from Sheba, Psalms 72:10, with 1 Kings 10:1-29. But Solomon's failure to realize his ideals compelled men to anticipate with great desire the advent of a greater Prince of Peace. Of Jesus alone is this psalm true in its details.
Notice the foundations of Jesus' reign, Psalms 72:1-4; the perpetuity of His kingdom, Psalms 72:5-7, and its universality, Psalms 72:8-11. The poor are His care. The peace He gives is in abundance and it passes understanding. Sun and moon may fail, but His love is unaffected by the flight of ages. The rain on mown grass and the distilling of the dew are not more gentle than His work in human souls that lie open to His approach. Take this glorious psalm and claim it, verse by verse, as true for you. [source]

Chapter Summary: Psalms 72

1  David, praying for Solomon, shows the goodness and glory of God's kingdom
18  He blessed God

What do the individual words in Psalms 72:3 mean?

Will bring the mountains peace to the people and the little hills by righteousness
יִשְׂא֤וּ הָרִ֓ים שָׁ֘ל֥וֹם לָעָ֑ם וּ֝גְבָע֗וֹת בִּצְדָקָֽה

יִשְׂא֤וּ  Will  bring 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect, third person masculine plural
Root: נָשָׂא  
Sense: to lift, bear up, carry, take.
הָרִ֓ים  the  mountains 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: הַר  
Sense: hill, mountain, hill country, mount.
שָׁ֘ל֥וֹם  peace 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: שָׁלֹום  
Sense: completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.
לָעָ֑ם  to  the  people 
Parse: Preposition-l, Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: עַם 
Sense: nation, people.
וּ֝גְבָע֗וֹת  and  the  little  hills 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, feminine plural
Root: גִּבְעָה  
Sense: hill.
בִּצְדָקָֽה  by  righteousness 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, feminine singular
Root: צְדָקָה  
Sense: justice, righteousness.