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Psalm 48 Modern English Version (MEV)

Psalm 48

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
    in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.

Beautiful in elevation,
    the joy of the whole earth,
is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north,
    the city of the great King.
God is known in her citadels
    as a refuge.

For the kings were assembled,
    they passed by together.
They saw it, and so they were astounded;
    they were alarmed, they hurried away.
Trembling seized them there,
    and pain like a woman in labor;
You break the ships of Tarshish
    with an east wind.

As we have heard,
    so have we seen
in the city of the Lord of Hosts,
    in the city of our God;
    God will establish it forever. Selah

We have thought of Your lovingkindness, O God,
    in the midst of Your temple.
10 According to Your name, O God,
    so is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
    Your right hand is full of righteousness.
11 May Mount Zion rejoice,
    may the daughters of Judah be glad,
    because of Your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her;
    count her towers;
13 mark well her bulwarks;
    consider her citadels;
    that you may tell it to the generation following.

14 For this God is our God forever and ever;
    He will be our guide even to death.

Modern English Version (MEV)

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Psalm 48 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 48[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
    in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

Beautiful in its loftiness,
    the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[b] is Mount Zion,
    the city of the Great King.
God is in her citadels;
    he has shown himself to be her fortress.

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

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.[c]

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

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

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

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 48:1 In Hebrew texts 48:1-14 is numbered 48:2-15.
  2. Psalm 48:2 Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.
  3. Psalm 48:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
New International Version (NIV)

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