Psalm 48
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

Zion Exalted

A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah.

1The LORD is great and highly praised

in the city of our God.a

His holy mountain, 2rising splendidly,

is the joy of the whole earth.

Mount Zion on the slopes of the north

is the city of the great King.b

3God is known as a stronghold

in its citadels.c

4Look! The kings assembled;

they advanced together.d

5They looked and froze with fear;

they fled in terror.e

6Trembling seized them there,

agony like that of a woman in labor,f

7as You wrecked the ships of Tarshish

with the east wind.g

8Just as we heard, so we have seen

in the city of Yahweh of Hosts,

in the city of our God;

God will establish it forever.hSelah

9God, within Your temple,

we contemplate Your faithful love.i

10Your name, God, like Your praise,

reaches to the ends of the earth;j

Your right hand is filled with justice.k

11Mount Zion is glad.

The townsl of Judah rejoice

because of Your judgments.m

12Go around Zion, encircle it;

count its towers,

13note its ramparts; tour its citadels

so that you can tell a future generation:n

14This God, our God forever and ever —

He will always lead us.”o, p

a. 48:1 Ps 2:6; Mc 4:1; Zch 8:3
b. 48:2 Mt 5:35
c. 48:3 Ps 46:7; 50:2
d. 48:4 2Sm 10:6-19
e. 48:5 Ex 15:15
f. 48:6 Is 13:8; Hs 13:13
g. 48:7 1Kg 22:48; Jr 18:17; Ezk 27:26
h. 48:8 Ps 87:5; Is 2:2; Mc 4:1
i. 48:9 Ps 26:3; 40:10
j. 48:10 Ps 113:3; Mal 1:11
k. 48:10 Ps 45:4
l. 48:11 Lit daughters
m. 48:11 Ps 97:8
n. 48:12-13 Ps 78:5-7; 122:7
o. 48:14 Some Hb mss, LXX; other Hb mss read over death
p. 48:14 Ps 23:3-4; Is 58:11
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