48 The Lord God is wonderful! He deserves all praise in the city where he lives. His holy mountain, 2 beautiful and majestic, brings joy to all on earth. Mount Zion, truly sacred, is home for the Great King. 3 God is there to defend it and has proved to be its protector.
4 Kings joined forces to attack the city, 5 but when they saw it, they were terrified and ran away. 6 They trembled all over like women giving birth 7 or like seagoing ships[a] wrecked by eastern winds. 8 We had heard about it, and now we have seen it in the city of our God, the Lord All-Powerful. This is the city that God will let stand forever.
9 Our God, here in your temple we think about your love. 10 You are famous and praised everywhere on earth, as you win victories with your powerful arm. 11 Mount Zion will celebrate, and all Judah will be glad, because you bring justice.
12 Let’s walk around Zion and count its towers. 13 We will see its strong walls and visit each fortress. Then you can say to future generations, 14 “Our God is like this forever and will always[b] guide us.”
48.7seagoing ships: The Hebrew text has “ships of Tarshish,” which probably means large, seagoing ships.
48.14always: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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