Psalms 48
(A song and a psalm for the people of Korah.)
The city of God
1The LORD God is wonderful!
He deserves all praise
in the city where he lives.
His holy mountain,
2beautiful and majestic,#Mt 5.35.
brings joy to all on earth.
Mount Zion, truly sacred,
is home for the Great King.
3God is there to defend it
and has proved to be
its protector.
4Kings joined forces
to attack the city,
5but when they saw it,
they were terrified
and ran away.
6They trembled all over
like women giving birth
7or like seagoing ships#48.7 seagoing ships: The Hebrew text has “ships of Tarshish”, which probably means large, seagoing ships.
wrecked by eastern winds.
8We had heard about it,
and now we have seen it
in the city of our God,
the LORD All-Powerful.
This is the city that God
will let stand for ever.
9Our God, here in your temple
we think about your love.
10You are famous and praised
everywhere on earth,
as you win victories
with your powerful arm.
11Mount Zion will celebrate,
and all Judah will be glad,
because you bring justice.
12Let's walk around Zion
and count its towers.
13We will see its strong walls
and visit each fortress.
Then you can say
to future generations,
14“Our God is like this for ever
and will always#48.14 always: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text. guide us.”