A psalm of the sons of Korah [C descendants of Kohath, son of Levi, who served as Temple musicians; 1 Chr. 6:22].
48 The Lord is great; ·he should [L and greatly to] be praised in the city of our God, on his holy mountain [C Mount Zion, the location of the Temple]. 2 It is ·high and beautiful [beautiful in elevation] ·and brings joy to [L the joy of] the whole world [Lam. 2:15]. Mount Zion ·is like the high mountains [L on the sides] of ·the north [or Zaphon; C comparing Yahweh’s mountain with the mountain of Baal]; it is the city of the Great King. 3 God is within its ·palaces [citadels]; he is known as its defender. 4 Kings joined together and came ·to attack the city [L on together; 2:1]. 5 But when they saw it, they were ·amazed [astonished]. They ran away in ·fear [panic]. 6 ·Fear [L Trembling] ·took hold of [seized] them; they ·hurt [were in pain] like a woman ·having a baby [in labor]. 7 You ·destroyed [broke up] the ·large trading ships [L ships of Tarshish; C large trading vessels capable of going to distant ports; Tarshish may have been in Spain (Tartessus) or an island in the eastern Mediterranean; Is. 2:16; Jon. 1:3] with an east wind.
8 First we heard and now we have seen that God ·will always keep his city safe [establishes forever]. It is the city of the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], the city of our God. ·Selah[Interlude]
9 God, we come into your Temple to ·think [ponder; meditate] about your ·love [loyalty]. 10 God, your name is known everywhere; ·all over the earth people [L the ends of the earth] praise you. Your right hand is full of ·goodness [righteousness; or victory]. 11 Mount Zion is happy and ·all the towns [L the daughters] of Judah rejoice, because ·your decisions are fair [or of your judgments].
12 Walk around Jerusalem and count its towers. 13 ·Notice how strong they are [L Set your heart on its ramparts]. Look at the ·palaces [citadels]. Then you can ·tell [recount it to] ·your children about them [L a later generation]. 14 This God is our God forever and ever. He will guide us from now on.
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