1A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.2Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.3God is known in her palaces for a refuge.4For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.5They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.6Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.7Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.8As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.9We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.10According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.11Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.12Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.13Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.14For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
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Zion, the City of Our God
1A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, (Ps 2:6; Ps 42:1; Ps 46:1; Ps 46:4; Ps 87:1; Ps 96:4; Ps 145:3; Isa 2:3; Mic 4:1; Zec 8:3)2beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. (Ps 50:2; La 2:15; Eze 20:6; Mt 5:35)3Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress.4For behold, the kings assembled; they came on together. (2Sa 10:6)5As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic; they took to flight.6Trembling took hold of them there, anguish as of a woman in labor. (Ex 15:15; Isa 13:8; Ho 13:13)7By the east wind you shattered the ships of Tarshish. (1Ki 10:22; 1Ki 22:48; Jer 18:17; Eze 27:26)8As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God will establish forever. (Ps 48:1; Ps 87:5; Isa 2:2; Mic 4:1)9We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. (Ps 26:3; Ps 40:10)10As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness. (Ex 34:5; De 28:58; Ps 22:27; Ps 113:3; Mal 1:11; Mal 1:14)11Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments! (Ps 97:8)12Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers,13consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation (Ps 78:4; Ps 122:7)14that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever. (Ps 23:3)