New International Version - UK

Psalm 48

Psalm 48[a]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
    in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

Beautiful in its loftiness,
    the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[b] is Mount Zion,
    the city of the Great King.
God is in her citadels;
    he has shown himself to be her fortress.

When the kings joined forces,
    when they advanced together,
they saw her and were astounded;
    they fled in terror.
Trembling seized them there,
    pain like that of a woman in labour.
You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish
    shattered by an east wind.

As we have heard,
    so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
    in the city of our God:
God makes her secure
    for ever.[c]

Within your temple, O God,
    we meditate on your unfailing love.
10 Like your name, O God,
    your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
    your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
    the villages of Judah are glad
    because of your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, go round her,
    count her towers,
13 consider well her ramparts,
    view her citadels,
that you may tell of them
    to the next generation.

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
    he will be our guide even to the end.

  1. Psalm 48:1 In Hebrew texts 48:1-14 is numbered 48:2-15.
  2. Psalm 48:2 Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.
  3. Psalm 48:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 48

Psalm 48

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

The Lord is great. He is really worthy of praise.
    Praise him in the city of our God, his holy mountain.
Mount Zion is high and beautiful.
    It brings joy to everyone on earth.
Mount Zion is like the highest parts of Mount Zaphon.
    It is the city of the Great King.
God is there to keep it safe.
    He has shown himself to be like a fort to the city.

Many kings joined forces.
    They entered Israel together.
But when they saw Mount Zion, they were amazed.
    They ran away in terror.
Trembling took hold of them.
    They felt pain like a woman giving birth.
Lord, you destroyed them like ships of Tarshish
    that were torn apart by an east wind.

What we heard we have also seen.
    We have seen it
in the city of the Lord who rules over all.
    We have seen it in the city of our God.
    We have heard and seen that God makes it secure forever.

God, inside your temple
    we think about your faithful love.
10 God, your fame reaches from one end of the earth to the other.
    So people praise you from one end of the earth to the other.
    You use your power to do what is right.
11 Mount Zion is filled with joy.
    The villages of Judah are glad.
    That’s because you judge fairly.

12 Walk all around Zion.
    Count its towers.
13 Think carefully about its outer walls.
    Just look at how safe it is!
    Then you can tell its people that God keeps them safe.
14 This God is our God for ever and ever.
    He will be our guide to the very end.