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Psalm 46-50 American Standard Version (ASV)

God the refuge of his people.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah; set to Alamoth. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore will we not fear, though the earth do change,
And though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the seas;
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains tremble with the [a]swelling thereof. Selah

There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved:
God will help her, [b]and that right early.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved:
He uttered his voice, the earth melted.
Jehovah of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our [c]refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of Jehovah,
[d]What desolations he hath made in the earth.
He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth;
He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder;
He burneth the chariots in the fire.
10 [e]Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 Jehovah of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our [f]refuge. Selah

God the King of the Earth.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

47 Oh clap your hands, all ye peoples;
Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
For [g]Jehovah Most High is terrible;
He is a great King over all the earth.
He subdueth peoples under us,
And nations under our feet.
He chooseth our inheritance for us,
The glory of Jacob whom he [h]loved. Selah
God is gone up with a shout,
Jehovah with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises:
Sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth:
Sing ye praises [i]with understanding.
God reigneth over the nations:
God sitteth upon his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
[j]To be the people of the God of Abraham;
For the shields of the earth belong unto God:
He is greatly exalted.

The beauty and glory of Zion.

A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.

48 Great is Jehovah, 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 hath made himself known in her palaces for a [k]refuge.
For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,
They [l]passed by together.
They saw it, then were they amazed;
They were dismayed, they [m]hasted away.
Trembling took hold of them there,
Pain, as of a woman in travail.
[n]With the east wind
Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen
In the city of Jehovah of hosts, in the city of our God:
God will establish it for ever. Selah
We have thought on thy lovingkindness, O God,
In the midst of thy temple.
10 As is thy name, O God,
So is thy praise unto the ends of the earth:
Thy right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Let mount Zion be glad,
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice,
Because of thy judgments.
12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her;
Number the towers thereof;
13 Mark ye well her bulwarks;
[o]Consider her palaces:
That ye may tell it to the generation following.
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever:
He will be our guide even unto death.

The folly of trusting in riches.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

49 Hear this, all ye peoples;
Give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,
Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
My mouth shall speak wisdom;
And the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
I will incline mine ear to a parable:
I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil,
When [p]iniquity at my heels compasseth me about?
They that trust in their wealth,
And boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him
(For the redemption of their life is costly,
And it faileth for ever),
That he should still live alway,
That he should not see [q]corruption.
10 For [r]he shall see it. Wise men die;
The fool and the brutish alike perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever,
And their dwelling-places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
12 But man being in honor abideth not:
He is like the beasts that perish.

13 This [s]their way is [t]their folly:
Yet after them men approve their sayings. Selah
14 They are appointed as a flock for Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd:
And the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
And their [u]beauty shall be for Sheol to consume,
That there be no habitation for it.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the [v]power of Sheol;
For he will receive me. Selah
16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich,
When the [w]glory of his house is increased:
17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away;
His glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul
(And men praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself),
19 [x]He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
[y]They shall never see the light.
20 Man that is in honor, and understandeth not,
Is like the beasts that perish.

God the judge of the righteous and the wicked.

A Psalm of Asaph.

50 The Mighty One, God, Jehovah, hath spoken,
And called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God hath shined forth.
Our God cometh, and doth not keep silence:
A fire devoureth before him,
And it is very tempestuous round about him.
He calleth to the heavens above,
And to the earth, that he may judge his people:
Gather my saints together unto me,
Those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
And the heavens [z]shall declare his righteousness;
For God is judge himself. Selah
Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, and I will testify [aa]unto thee:
I am God, even thy God.
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices;
[ab]And thy burnt-offerings are continually before me.
I will take no bullock out of thy house,
Nor he-goats out of thy folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
And the cattle [ac]upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains;
And the wild beasts of the field are [ad]mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee;
For the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
Or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer unto God the sacrifice of thanksgiving;
And pay thy vows unto the Most High;
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

16 But unto the wicked God saith,
What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,
And that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth,
17 Seeing that thou hatest [ae]instruction,
And castest my words behind thee?
18 When thou sawest a thief, thou consentedst with him,
And [af]hast been partaker with adulterers.
19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil,
And thy tongue frameth deceit.
20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother;
Thou [ag]slanderest thine own mother’s son.
21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence;
Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself:
But I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

22 Now consider this, ye that forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver:
23 Whoso offereth the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifieth me;
And [ah]to him that ordereth his way aright
Will I show the salvation of God.


  1. Psalm 46:3 Or, pride
  2. Psalm 46:5 Hebrew at the dawn of morning.
  3. Psalm 46:7 Or, high tower
  4. Psalm 46:8 Or, Who hath made desolation etc.
  5. Psalm 46:10 Or, Let be
  6. Psalm 46:11 Or, high tower
  7. Psalm 47:2 Or, Jehovah is most high and terrible
  8. Psalm 47:4 Or, loveth
  9. Psalm 47:7 Or, in a skilful psalm. Hebrew Maschil.
  10. Psalm 47:9 Or, Unto the people
  11. Psalm 48:3 Or, high tower
  12. Psalm 48:4 Or, passed away
  13. Psalm 48:5 Or, were stricken with terror
  14. Psalm 48:7 Or, As with the east wind that breaketh
  15. Psalm 48:13 Or, Traverse
  16. Psalm 49:5 Or, the iniquity of them that would supplant me compasseth me about, Even of them that trust . . . riches?
  17. Psalm 49:9 Or, the pit
  18. Psalm 49:10 Or, he seeth that wise men etc.
  19. Psalm 49:13 Or, is the way of them that are foolish
  20. Psalm 49:13 Or, their confidence: and after etc.
  21. Psalm 49:14 Or, form
  22. Psalm 49:15 Hebrew hand.
  23. Psalm 49:16 Or, wealth
  24. Psalm 49:19 Hebrew Thou shalt go, or, It shall go.
  25. Psalm 49:19 Or, Who never more see
  26. Psalm 50:6 Or, declare
  27. Psalm 50:7 Or, against
  28. Psalm 50:8 Or, Nor for thy burnt-offerings, which are etc.
  29. Psalm 50:10 Or, upon the mountains where thousands are
  30. Psalm 50:11 Or, in my mind. Hebrew with me.
  31. Psalm 50:17 Or, correction
  32. Psalm 50:18 Hebrew thy portion was with adulterers.
  33. Psalm 50:20 Or, givest a thrust against
  34. Psalm 50:23 Or, prepareth a way that I may show him

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