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BibleGateway: Psalm 48

ESV Text: Psalm 48

Psalm 48 (Listen)

Zion, the City of Our God

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.


48:1   Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
    in the city of our God!
  His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
    is the joy of all the earth,
  Mount Zion, in the far north,
    the city of the great King.
  Within her citadels God
    has made himself known as a fortress.


  For behold, the kings assembled;
    they came on together.
  As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
    they were in panic; they took to flight.
  Trembling took hold of them there,
    anguish as of a woman in labor.
  By the east wind you shattered
    the ships of Tarshish.
  As we have heard, so have we seen
    in the city of the LORD of hosts,
  in the city of our God,
    which God will establish forever. Selah


  We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
    in the midst of your temple.
10   As your name, O God,
    so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
  Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11     Let Mount Zion be glad!
  Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
    because of your judgments!


12   Walk about Zion, go around her,
    number her towers,
13   consider well her ramparts,
    go through her citadels,
  that you may tell the next generation
14     that this is God,
  our God forever and ever.
    He will guide us forever.1

Footnotes

[1] 48:14 Septuagint; another reading is (compare Jerome, Syriac) He will guide us beyond death

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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 48:

     1 A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. 3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge. 4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. 5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away. 6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail. 7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

     8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah. 9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple. 10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness. 11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. 12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. 13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following. 14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 123 (LSB 733):
Our God, Our Help in Ages Past

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1. Our God, our Help in ages past, 
Our Hope for years to come, 
Our Shelter from the stormy blast, 
And our eternal Home! 

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne 
Thy saints have dwelt secure; 
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, 
And our defense is sure. 

3. Before the hills in order stood 
Or earth received her frame, 
From everlasting Thou art God, 
To endless years the same. 

4. A thousand ages in Thy sight 
Are like an evening gone, 
Short as the watch that ends the night 
Before the rising sun. 

5. Thy word commands our flesh to dust: 
“Return ye sons of men!” 
All nations rose from earth at first 
And turn to earth again. 

6. Time, like an ever-rolling stream, 
Bears all its sons away; 
They fly forgotten as a dream 
Dies at the opening day. 

7. Like flowery fields the nations stand, 
Pleased with the morning light; 
The flowers beneath the mower’s hand 
Lie withering ere ’tis night. 

8. Our God, our Help in ages past, 
Our Hope for years to come, 
Be Thou our Guard while troubles last 
And our eternal Home!