Psalm 48
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Psalm 48

The Glory and Strength of Zion

A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites.

1Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
    in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, 2beautiful in elevation,
    is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
    the city of the great King.
3Within its citadels God
    has shown himself a sure defense.

4Then the kings assembled,
    they came on together.
5As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
    they were in panic, they took to flight;
6trembling took hold of them there,
    pains as of a woman in labor,
7as when an east wind shatters
    the ships of Tarshish.
8As we have heard, so have we seen
    in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God,
    which God establishes forever.Selah

9We ponder your steadfast love, O God,
    in the midst of your temple.
10Your name, O God, like your praise,
    reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with victory.
11    Let Mount Zion be glad,
let the towns[a] of Judah rejoice
    because of your judgments.

12Walk about Zion, go all around it,
    count its towers,
13consider well its ramparts;
    go through its citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
14    that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
    He will be our guide forever.


  1. Psalm 48:11 Heb daughters
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