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Psalm 48

The Security of the King’s Holy City

A song. A psalm by the Sons of Korah.

Call to Praise

The Lord is great. He deserves to be praised
    in the city of our God, on his holy mountain.
His mountain is lofty and beautiful, the joy of the whole earth.
Mount Zion, the northern mountain, is the city of the Great King.
God is in her citadels.
He is famous as her fortress.

Defeat of the Enemies

Look! See! The kings came together.
They advanced together.
They saw. Yes, they were amazed.
They were terrified. They were put to flight.
Trembling seized them there,
pain like a woman giving birth.
You shattered them with an east wind, like ships of Tarshish.


What we have heard, we now have also seen:
    In the city of the Lord of Armies,
    in the city of our God, Interlude
    God establishes her forever.
Inside your temple, O God, we meditate on your mercy.
10 Your praise, O God, reaches to the ends of the earth,
just as your fame does.
Righteousness fills your right hand.
11 Mount Zion rejoices.
The daughters of Judah[a] celebrate because of your judgments.
12 Go around Zion. Yes, go all the way around her.
Count her towers. 13 Consider her rampart.[b]
View her citadels, so that you may tell the next generation about them.
14 For this God is our God forever and ever.
He will guide us beyond death.[c]


  1. Psalm 48:11 That is, the towns around Jerusalem and their inhabitants
  2. Psalm 48:13 Or moat
  3. Psalm 48:14 Some Hebrew manuscripts read guide us forever.

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