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Psalms 48

1

[a]A song. Apsalm of the Sons of Korah.

1

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

1

2

Beautiful in its loftiness,
the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[b] is Mount Zion,
the city of the Great King.

3 God is in her citadels;
he has shown himself to be her fortress.

3

4

When the kings joined forces,
when they advanced together,

5 they saw her and were astounded;
they fled in terror.

6 Trembling seized them there,
pain like that of a woman in labor.

7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish
shattered by an east wind.

7

8

As we have heard,
so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
in the city of our God:
God makes her secure
forever.[c]

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9

Within your temple, OGod,
we meditate on your unfailing love.

10 Like your name, OGod,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.

11 Mount Zion rejoices,
the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments.

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12

Walk about Zion, go around her,
count her towers,

13 consider well her ramparts,
view her citadels,
that you may tell of them
to the next generation.

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14

For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.

14

Footnotes:

a. Psalms 48:1 In Hebrew texts 48:1-14 is numbered 48:2-15.
b. Psalms 48:2 Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.
c. Psalms 48:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
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