48:1<A Song. A Psalm. Of the sons of Korah.> Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the town of our God, in his holy mountain.
48:2Beautiful in its high position, the joy of all the earth, is the mountain of Zion, the mountain of God, the town of the great King.
48:3In its buildings God is seen to be a high tower.
48:4For see! the kings came together by agreement, they were joined together.
48:5They saw it, and so were full of wonder; they were troubled, and went quickly away in fear.
48:6Shaking came on them and pain, as on a woman in childbirth.
48:7By you the ships of Tarshish are broken as by an east wind.
48:8As it came to our ears so have we seen it, in the town of the Lord of armies, in the town of our God; God will keep it fixed for ever. (Selah.)
48:9Our thoughts were of your mercy, O God, while we were in your Temple.
48:10As your name is, O God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth; your right hand is full of righteousness.
48:11Let there be joy in the mountain of Zion, and let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your wise decisions.
48:12Make your way about Zion, and go round it, numbering its towers.
48:13Take note of its strong walls, looking well at its fair buildings; so that you may give word of it to the generation which comes after.
48:14Because this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide.