Psalm 47[a]

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

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

For the Lord Most High(C) is awesome,(D)
    the great King(E) over all the earth.
He subdued(F) nations under us,
    peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance(G) for us,
    the pride of Jacob,(H) whom he loved.[b]

God has ascended(I) amid shouts of joy,(J)
    the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(K)
Sing praises(L) to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth;(M)
    sing to him a psalm(N) of praise.

God reigns(O) over the nations;
    God is seated on his holy throne.(P)
The nobles of the nations assemble
    as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God;(Q)
    he is greatly exalted.(R)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 47:1 In Hebrew texts 47:1-9 is numbered 47:2-10.
  2. Psalm 47:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
  3. Psalm 47:9 Or shields

15 The angel of the Lord(A) called to Abraham from heaven(B) a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself,(C) declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,(D) 17 I will surely bless you(E) and make your descendants(F) as numerous as the stars in the sky(G) and as the sand on the seashore.(H) Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,(I) 18 and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed,[b](J) because you have obeyed me.”(K)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 22:18 Or seed
  2. Genesis 22:18 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

Now about your love for one another(A) we do not need to write to you,(B) for you yourselves have been taught by God(C) to love each other.(D) 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia.(E) Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,(F) 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands,(G) just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders(H) and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

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