New American Standard Bible
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.
2 (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.
3 In its palaces,
God has made Himself known as a (G)stronghold.
4 For, behold, the (H)kings arrived,
They passed by together.
5 They saw it, then they were amazed;
They were (I)terrified, they fled in a hurry.
6 [a]Panic seized them there,
Anguish, as that of (J)a woman in childbirth.
7 With the (K)east wind
You (L)smash the (M)ships of Tarshish.
8 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
9 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,
2 Both (AA)low and high,
Rich and poor together.
3 My mouth will (AB)speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be (AC)understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to (AD)a proverb;
(AE)I will [d]express my (AF)riddle on the harp.
5 Why should I (AG)fear in days of adversity,
When the injustice of those who betray me surrounds me,
6 Those who (AH)trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
7 No one can by any means (AI)redeem another
Or give God a (AJ)ransom for him—
8 For (AK)the redemption of [e]his soul is priceless,
And he should cease imagining forever—
9 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.
- Psalm 48:6 Lit Trembling
- Psalm 48:14 Lit this
- Psalm 48:14 Lit upon; some mss and LXX forever
- Psalm 49:4 Lit open up
- Psalm 49:8 Lit their
- Psalm 49:9 Or see corruption; lit see the pit
- Psalm 49:11 Some ancient versions graves are their houses
- Psalm 49:12 Lit are destroyed
- Psalm 49:14 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 49:14 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 49:14 Lit Away from his habitation
- Psalm 49:15 Lit hand
- Psalm 49:15 I.e., the netherworld
- Psalm 49:17 Lit glory
- Psalm 49:18 Lit his soul
- Psalm 49:19 Lit You; or It
- Psalm 49:20 Lit are destroyed