Psalm 48:12
New International Version
Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers,

New Living Translation
Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers.

English Standard Version
Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers,

Berean Study Bible
March around Zion, encircle her, count her towers,

New American Standard Bible
Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers;

New King James Version
Walk about Zion, And go all around her. Count her towers;

King James Bible
Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Christian Standard Bible
Go around Zion, encircle it; count its towers,

Contemporary English Version
Let's walk around Zion and count its towers.

Good News Translation
People of God, walk around Zion and count the towers;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Go around Zion, encircle it; count its towers,

International Standard Version
March around Zion; encircle her; count her towers.

NET Bible
Walk around Zion! Encircle it! Count its towers!

New Heart English Bible
Walk about Zion, and go around her. Number its towers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Surround Zion and go around it and count its towers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Walk around Zion. Go around it. Count its towers.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Walk about Zion, and go round about her; Count the towers thereof.

New American Standard 1977
Walk about Zion, and go around her; Count her towers;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Walk about Zion and go round about her; tell the towers thereof.

King James 2000 Bible
Walk about Zion, and go round about her: number the towers thereof.

American King James Version
Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

American Standard Version
Walk about Zion, and go round about her; Number the towers thereof;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Go round about Sion, and encompass her: tell ye her towers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Surround Sion, and encompass her: tell ye in her towers.

Darby Bible Translation
Walk about Zion, and go round about her: count the towers thereof;

English Revised Version
Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
Walk about Zion, and go round her: number her towers.

World English Bible
Walk about Zion, and go around her. Number its towers.

Young's Literal Translation
Compass Zion, and go round her, count her towers,
Study Bible
Broken Bondage
11Mount Zion is glad, the daughters of Judah rejoice, on account of Your judgments. 12March around Zion, encircle her, count her towers, 13consider her ramparts, tour her citadels, that you may tell the next generation.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 3:1
At the Sheep Gate, Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests began rebuilding. They dedicated it and installed its doors. After building as far as the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel, they dedicated the wall.

Nehemiah 3:11
Malchijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-moab made repairs to another section, as well as to the Tower of the Ovens.

Isaiah 33:20
Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals. Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful pasture, a tent that does not wander; its tent pegs will not be pulled up, nor will any of its cords be loosened.

Isaiah 49:16
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are ever before Me.

Ezekiel 21:20
Mark out one road for the sword to come against Rabbah of the Ammonites, and another against Judah into fortified Jerusalem.

Micah 4:8
And you, O watchtower of the flock, O Stronghold of the daughter of Zion--the former dominion will be restored to you; sovereignty will come to the Daughter of Jerusalem.

Treasury of Scripture

Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Walk

Nehemiah 12:31-40
Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate: …

Matthew 24:1,2
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple…

tell

Isaiah 33:18-20
Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers? …







Lexicon
March around
סֹ֣בּוּ (sōb·bū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

Zion,
צִ֭יּוֹן (ṣî·yō·wn)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6726: Zion -- a mountain in Jerusalem, also a name for Jerusalem

encircle her,
וְהַקִּיפ֑וּהָ (wə·haq·qî·p̄ū·hā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine plural | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5362: To strike, to knock together, surround, circulate

count
סִ֝פְר֗וּ (sip̄·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate

her towers,
מִגְדָּלֶֽיהָ׃ (miḡ·dā·le·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4026: A tower, a rostrum, a, bed of flowers
(12) Walk about Zion.--Notice here the strong patriotic feeling of Hebrew song. The inhabitants of the city are invited to make a tour of inspection of the defences which, under God's providence, have protected them from their foes. We are reminded of the fine passage in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, which gratefully recalls "the natural bravery" of our own island home, or of the national songs about our "wooden walls." Comparison has also been drawn between this passage and a similar burst of patriotic sentiment from the lips of a Grecian orator (Thuc. Ii. 53); but while the Greek thinks only of the men who made Athens strong, the Hebrew traces all back to God.

(12) Tell--i.e., count. So in Milton, "Every shepherd tells his tale," i.e., counts his sheep.

Verse 12. - Walk about Zion, and go round about her; tell the towers thereof. Admire, i.e., O Israelites, your glorious city, which God has preserved for you intact. Walk around it, view it on every side; observe its strength and beauty. Nay, count its towers, and see how many they are, that ye may form a true estimate of its defences, which render it well-nigh impregnable. Such a survey would "tend to the glorifying of the God of Israel, and to the strengthening of their faith" (Hengstenberg). 48:8-14 We have here the improvement which the people of God are to make of his glorious and gracious appearances for them. Let our faith in the word of God be hereby confirmed. Let our hope of the stability of the church be encouraged. Let our minds be filled with good thoughts of God. All the streams of mercy that flow down to us, must be traced to the fountain of His loving-kindness. Let us give to God the glory of the great things he has done for us. Let all the members of the church take comfort from what the Lord does for his church. Let us observe the beauty, strength, and safety of the church. Consider its strength; see it founded on Christ the Rock, fortified by the Divine power, guarded by Him who neither slumbers nor sleeps. See what precious ordinances are its palaces, what precious promises are its bulwarks, that you may be encouraged to join yourselves to it: and tell this to others. This God, who has now done such great things for us, is unchangeable in his love to us, and his care for us. If he is our God, he will lead and keep us even to the last. He will so guide us, as to set us above the reach of death, so that it shall not do us any real hurt. He will lead us to a life in which there shall be no more death.
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