Psalms 48
The Greatness of God in Zion
A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1Yahweh is great and very worthy of praise
in the city of our God, in his holy mountain.#Literally “mountain of holiness”
2Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth,
is Mount Zion,#Literally “the mountain of Zion” in the far north,#Literally “far of north”; the word translated “north” could refer to Mount Zaphon
the city of the great king.
3God is in her citadels;
he is known as a high stronghold.
4For see, the kings assembled;#That is, preparing for battle
they advanced together.
5They themselves saw#Literally “They, they saw” it, so they were astonished.
They were terrified; they ran off.
6Trembling seized them there—
pain as of a woman in labor.
7With an east wind
you shatter#A few Hebrew manuscripts read “like an east wind that shatters” the ships of Tarshish.#That is, ships that can sail to Tarshish, i.e. well built, able to traverse great distances
8As we have heard, so we have seen
in the city of Yahweh of hosts, in the city of our God.
God will establish her forever. Selah
9We have pondered your loyal love, O God,
in the midst of your temple.
10As is your name, O God, so is your praise
to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is full of righteousness.
11Let Mount Zion#Literally “the mountain of Zion” rejoice;
let the daughters of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments.
12Walk about Zion and circle it;
count her towers.
13Consider well#Literally “Set your heart to” her ramparts.
Go through her citadels
so that you can tell the next generation
14that this is God, our God forever and ever.
He himself#Literally “he, he will …” will guide us until death.
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