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)

Psalm 47[e]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Clap your hands,(AM) all you nations;
    shout to God with cries of joy.(AN)

For the Lord Most High(AO) is awesome,(AP)
    the great King(AQ) over all the earth.
He subdued(AR) nations under us,
    peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance(AS) for us,
    the pride of Jacob,(AT) whom he loved.[f]

God has ascended(AU) amid shouts of joy,(AV)
    the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(AW)
Sing praises(AX) to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth;(AY)
    sing to him a psalm(AZ) of praise.

God reigns(BA) over the nations;
    God is seated on his holy throne.(BB)
The nobles of the nations assemble
    as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[g] of the earth belong to God;(BC)
    he is greatly exalted.(BD)

Psalm 48[h]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Great is the Lord,(BE) and most worthy of praise,(BF)
    in the city of our God,(BG) his holy mountain.(BH)

Beautiful(BI) in its loftiness,
    the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[i](BJ) is Mount Zion,(BK)
    the city of the Great King.(BL)
God is in her citadels;(BM)
    he has shown himself to be her fortress.(BN)

When the kings joined forces,
    when they advanced together,(BO)
they saw her and were astounded;
    they fled in terror.(BP)
Trembling seized(BQ) them there,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.(BR)
You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(BS)
    shattered by an east wind.(BT)

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.[j](BU)

Within your temple, O God,
    we meditate(BV) on your unfailing love.(BW)
10 Like your name,(BX) O God,
    your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(BY)
    your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
    the villages of Judah are glad
    because of your judgments.(BZ)

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
    count her towers,(CA)
13 consider well her ramparts,(CB)
    view her citadels,(CC)
that you may tell of them
    to the next generation.(CD)

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

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
  5. Psalm 47:1 In Hebrew texts 47:1-9 is numbered 47:2-10.
  6. Psalm 47:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  7. Psalm 47:9 Or shields
  8. Psalm 48:1 In Hebrew texts 48:1-14 is numbered 48:2-15.
  9. Psalm 48:2 Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.
  10. Psalm 48:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.