46 1 A song of triumph or thanksgiving for the deliverance of Jerusalem, after Sennacherib with his army was driven away, or some other like sudden and marvelous deliverance by the mighty hand of God. 8 Whereby the Prophet commending this great benefit, doth exhort the faithful to give themselves wholly into the hand of God, doubting nothing but that under his protection they shall be safe against all the assaults of their enemies, because this is his delight to assuage the rage of the wicked, when they are most busy against the just.

To him that excelleth upon [a]Alamoth, a song committed to the sons of Korah.

God is our [b]hope and strength, and help in [c]troubles, ready to be found.

Therefore will not we [d]fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains fall into the midst of the sea,

Though the waters thereof [e]rage and be troubled, and the mountains shake at the surges of the same. Selah.

Yet there is a [f]River, whose stream shall make glad the City of God: even the Sanctuary of the Tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of it: therefore shall it not be moved: God shall help it [g]very early.

When the nations raged, and the kingdoms were moved, God [h]thundered, and the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is [i]with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come and behold the works of the Lord, [j]what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the world, he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear, and burneth the chariots with fire.

10 Be [k]still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 46:1 Which was either a musical instrument or a solemn tune, unto the which this Psalm was sung.
  2. Psalm 46:1 Or, protection.
  3. Psalm 46:1 In all manner of troubles God showeth his speedy mercy and power in defending his.
  4. Psalm 46:2 That is, we will not be overcome with fear.
  5. Psalm 46:3 Though the afflictions rage never so much, yet the rivers of God’s mercies bring sufficient comfort to his.
  6. Psalm 46:4 The river of Shiloah, which passed through Jerusalem: meaning, though the defense seem never so small, yet if God have appointed it, it is sufficient.
  7. Psalm 46:5 Always when need requireth.
  8. Psalm 46:6 Hebrew, gave his voice.
  9. Psalm 46:7 They are assured that God can and will defend his Church from all dangers and enemies.
  10. Psalm 46:8 To wit, how oft he hath destroyed his enemies, and delivered his people.
  11. Psalm 46:10 He warneth them that persecute the Church, to cease their cruelty: for else they shall feel that God is too strong for them against whom they fight.

Psalm 46[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.

God is our refuge(A) and strength,(B)
    an ever-present(C) help(D) in trouble.(E)
Therefore we will not fear,(F) though the earth give way(G)
    and the mountains fall(H) into the heart of the sea,(I)
though its waters roar(J) and foam(K)
    and the mountains quake(L) with their surging.[c]

There is a river(M) whose streams(N) make glad the city of God,(O)
    the holy place where the Most High(P) dwells.(Q)
God is within her,(R) she will not fall;(S)
    God will help(T) her at break of day.
Nations(U) are in uproar,(V) kingdoms(W) fall;
    he lifts his voice,(X) the earth melts.(Y)

The Lord Almighty(Z) is with us;(AA)
    the God of Jacob(AB) is our fortress.(AC)

Come and see what the Lord has done,(AD)
    the desolations(AE) he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars(AF) cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow(AG) and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.(AH)
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;(AI)
    I will be exalted(AJ) among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob(AK) is our fortress.(AL)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 46:1 In Hebrew texts 46:1-11 is numbered 46:2-12.
  2. Psalm 46:1 Title: Probably a musical term
  3. Psalm 46:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 7 and 11.
  4. Psalm 46:9 Or chariots

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