New International Version
For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] A wedding song.(A)
1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
3 Gird your sword(D) on your side, you mighty one;(E)
clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.(F)
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously(G)
in the cause of truth, humility and justice;(H)
let your right hand(I) achieve awesome deeds.(J)
5 Let your sharp arrows(K) pierce the hearts(L) of the king’s enemies;(M)
let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;(N)
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness(O) and hate wickedness;(P)
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing(Q) you with the oil of joy.(R)
8 All your robes are fragrant(S) with myrrh(T) and aloes(U) and cassia;(V)
from palaces adorned with ivory(W)
the music of the strings(X) makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings(Y) are among your honored women;
at your right hand(Z) is the royal bride(AA) in gold of Ophir.(AB)
10 Listen, daughter,(AC) and pay careful attention:(AD)
Forget your people(AE) and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(AF)
honor(AG) him, for he is your lord.(AH)
12 The city of Tyre(AI) will come with a gift,[d](AJ)
people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(AK) is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold.(AL)
14 In embroidered garments(AM) she is led to the king;(AN)
her virgin companions(AO) follow her—
those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(AP)
they enter the palace of the king.
16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes(AQ) throughout the land.
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[f] A song.
1 God is our refuge(AU) and strength,(AV)
an ever-present(AW) help(AX) in trouble.(AY)
2 Therefore we will not fear,(AZ) though the earth give way(BA)
and the mountains fall(BB) into the heart of the sea,(BC)
3 though its waters roar(BD) and foam(BE)
and the mountains quake(BF) with their surging.[g]
4 There is a river(BG) whose streams(BH) make glad the city of God,(BI)
the holy place where the Most High(BJ) dwells.(BK)
5 God is within her,(BL) she will not fall;(BM)
God will help(BN) her at break of day.
6 Nations(BO) are in uproar,(BP) kingdoms(BQ) fall;
he lifts his voice,(BR) the earth melts.(BS)
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,(BX)
the desolations(BY) he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars(BZ) cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow(CA) and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[h] with fire.(CB)
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;(CC)
I will be exalted(CD) among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
2 For the Lord Most High(CI) is awesome,(CJ)
the great King(CK) over all the earth.
3 He subdued(CL) nations under us,
peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance(CM) for us,
the pride of Jacob,(CN) whom he loved.[j]
5 God has ascended(CO) amid shouts of joy,(CP)
the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(CQ)
6 Sing praises(CR) to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;(CS)
sing to him a psalm(CT) of praise.
8 God reigns(CU) over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.(CV)
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[k] of the earth belong to God;(CW)
he is greatly exalted.(CX)
A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.
2 Beautiful(DC) in its loftiness,
the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[m](DD) is Mount Zion,(DE)
the city of the Great King.(DF)
3 God is in her citadels;(DG)
he has shown himself to be her fortress.(DH)
4 When the kings joined forces,
when they advanced together,(DI)
5 they saw her and were astounded;
they fled in terror.(DJ)
6 Trembling seized(DK) them there,
pain like that of a woman in labor.(DL)
7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(DM)
shattered by an east wind.(DN)
9 Within your temple, O God,
we meditate(DP) on your unfailing love.(DQ)
10 Like your name,(DR) O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(DS)
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments.(DT)
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide(DY) even to the end.
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 Hear(DZ) this, all you peoples;(EA)
listen, all who live in this world,(EB)
2 both low and high,(EC)
rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;(ED)
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.(EE)
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;(EF)
with the harp(EG) I will expound my riddle:(EH)
5 Why should I fear(EI) when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—
6 those who trust in their wealth(EJ)
and boast(EK) of their great riches?(EL)
7 No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—
8 the ransom(EM) for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—(EN)
9 so that they should live on(EO) forever
and not see decay.(EP)
10 For all can see that the wise die,(EQ)
that the foolish and the senseless(ER) also perish,
leaving their wealth(ES) to others.(ET)
11 Their tombs(EU) will remain their houses[p] forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,(EV)
though they had[q] named(EW) lands after themselves.
13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,(EZ)
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.[r]
14 They are like sheep and are destined(FA) to die;(FB)
death will be their shepherd
(but the upright will prevail(FC) over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;(FD)
he will surely take me to himself.(FE)
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing(FF) with them when they die,
their splendor will not descend with them.(FG)
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—(FH)
and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,(FI)
who will never again see the light(FJ) of life.
- Psalm 45:1 In Hebrew texts 45:1-17 is numbered 45:2-18.
- Psalm 45:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
- Psalm 45:6 Here the king is addressed as God’s representative.
- Psalm 45:12 Or A Tyrian robe is among the gifts
- Psalm 46:1 In Hebrew texts 46:1-11 is numbered 46:2-12.
- Psalm 46:1 Title: Probably a musical term
- Psalm 46:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 7 and 11.
- Psalm 46:9 Or chariots
- Psalm 47:1 In Hebrew texts 47:1-9 is numbered 47:2-10.
- Psalm 47:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
- Psalm 47:9 Or shields
- Psalm 48:1 In Hebrew texts 48:1-14 is numbered 48:2-15.
- Psalm 48:2 Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.
- Psalm 48:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.
- Psalm 49:1 In Hebrew texts 49:1-20 is numbered 49:2-21.
- Psalm 49:11 Septuagint and Syriac; Hebrew In their thoughts their houses will remain
- Psalm 49:11 Or generations, / for they have
- Psalm 49:13 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 15.