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Psalm 47[a]

The Ruler of All the Nations

For the leader. A psalm of the Korahites.


All you peoples, clap your hands;
    shout to God with joyful cries.(A)
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
    the great king over all the earth,(B)
Who made people subject to us,
    nations under our feet,(C)
[b]Who chose our heritage for us,
    the glory of Jacob, whom he loves.(D)


[c]God has gone up with a shout;
    the Lord, amid trumpet blasts.(E)
Sing praise to God, sing praise;
    sing praise to our king, sing praise.


For God is king over all the earth;(F)
    sing hymns of praise.
God rules over the nations;
    God sits upon his holy throne.
10 The princes of the peoples assemble
    with the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God,
    highly exalted.(G)


  1. Psalm 47 A hymn calling on the nations to acknowledge the universal rule of Israel’s God (Ps 47:2–5) who is enthroned as king over Israel and the nations (Ps 47:6–9).
  2. 47:5 Our heritage…the glory: the land of Israel (cf. Is 58:14), which God has given Israel in an act of sovereignty.
  3. 47:6 God has gone up: Christian liturgical tradition has applied the verse to the Ascension of Christ.