The Beauty and Glory of Zion.

A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.

48 (A)Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
In the (B)city of our God, His (C)holy mountain.
(D)Beautiful in elevation, (E)the joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion in the far north,
The (F)city of the great King.
In its palaces,
God has made Himself known as a (G)stronghold.

For, behold, the (H)kings arrived,
They passed by together.
They saw it, then they were amazed;
They were (I)terrified, they fled in a hurry.
[a]Panic seized them there,
Anguish, as that of (J)a woman in childbirth.
With the (K)east wind
You (L)smash the (M)ships of Tarshish.
Just as we have heard, so have we seen
In the city of the Lord of armies, in the city of our God;
God will (N)establish her forever. Selah

We have thought over (O)Your goodness, God,
In the midst of Your temple.
10 As is Your (P)name, God,
So is Your (Q)praise to the ends of the earth;
Your (R)right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Mount (S)Zion shall be glad,
The (T)daughters of Judah shall rejoice
Because of Your judgments.
12 Walk around Zion and encircle her;
Count her (U)towers;
13 Consider her (V)ramparts;
Go through her palaces,
So that you may (W)tell of her to the next generation.
14 For [b]such is God,
Our God forever and ever;
He will (X)lead us [c]until death.

The Foolishness of Trusting in Riches.

For the music director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

49 (Y)Hear this, all peoples;
Listen, all (Z)inhabitants of the world,
Both (AA)low and high,
Rich and poor together.
My mouth will (AB)speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be (AC)understanding.
I will incline my ear to (AD)a proverb;
(AE)I will [d]express my (AF)riddle on the harp.

Why should I (AG)fear in days of adversity,
When the injustice of those who betray me surrounds me,
Those who (AH)trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
No one can by any means (AI)redeem another
Or give God a (AJ)ransom for him—
For (AK)the redemption of [e]his soul is priceless,
And he should cease imagining forever—
That he might (AL)live on eternally,
That he might not [f](AM)undergo decay.

10 For he sees that even (AN)wise people die;
The (AO)foolish and the stupid alike perish
And (AP)leave their wealth to others.
11 Their [g](AQ)inner thought is that their houses (AR)are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have (AS)named their lands after their own names.
12 But (AT)man in his splendor will not endure;
He is like the animals that [h]perish.

13 This is the (AU)way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who (AV)approve their words. Selah
14 Like sheep they sink down (AW)to [i]Sheol;
Death will be their shepherd;
And the (AX)upright will rule over them in the morning,
And their form shall be for [j]Sheol (AY)to consume
[k]So that they have no lofty home.
15 But God will (AZ)redeem my soul from the [l]power of [m]Sheol,
For (BA)He will receive me. Selah

16 Do not be afraid (BB)when a person becomes rich,
When the splendor of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies, he will (BC)take nothing with him;
His [n]wealth will not descend after him.
18 Though while he lives he (BD)congratulates [o]himself—
And though people praise you when you do well for yourself—
19 [p]He will (BE)go to the generation of his fathers;
They will never see (BF)the light.
20 (BG)Mankind in its splendor, yet without understanding,
Is (BH)like the animals that [q]perish.


  1. Psalm 48:6 Lit Trembling
  2. Psalm 48:14 Lit this
  3. Psalm 48:14 Lit upon; some mss and LXX forever
  4. Psalm 49:4 Lit open up
  5. Psalm 49:8 Lit their
  6. Psalm 49:9 Or see corruption; lit see the pit
  7. Psalm 49:11 Some ancient versions graves are their houses
  8. Psalm 49:12 Lit are destroyed
  9. Psalm 49:14 I.e., the netherworld
  10. Psalm 49:14 I.e., the netherworld
  11. Psalm 49:14 Lit Away from his habitation
  12. Psalm 49:15 Lit hand
  13. Psalm 49:15 I.e., the netherworld
  14. Psalm 49:17 Lit glory
  15. Psalm 49:18 Lit his soul
  16. Psalm 49:19 Lit You; or It
  17. Psalm 49:20 Lit are destroyed

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