Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.…
Human society reposes on religion. Civilization without it would be like the lights that play in the northern sky — a momentary flash on the face of darkness ere it again settled into eternal night. Wit and wisdom, sublime poetry and lofty philosophy cannot save a nation, else ancient Greece had never perished. Valour, law, ambition, cannot preserve a people, else Rome had still been mistress of the world. The nation that loses faith in God and man loses not only its most precious jewel, but its most unifying and conserving force.
(A. M. Fairbairn.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.