1 The Lord is great and is to be highly praised in the city of our God, on his sacred hill.
2 Zion, the mountain of God, is high and beautiful; 1 the city of the great king brings joy to all the world.
3 God has shown that there is safety with him inside the fortresses of the city.
4 The kings gathered together and came to attack Mount Zion.
5 But when they saw it, they were amazed; they were afraid and ran away.
6 There they were seized with fear and anguish, like a woman about to bear a child,
7 like ships tossing in a furious storm.
8 We have heard what God has done, and now we have seen it in the city of our God, the Lord Almighty; he will keep the city safe forever.
9 Inside your Temple, O God, we think of your constant love.
10 You are praised by people everywhere, and your fame extends over all the earth. You rule with justice;
11 let the people of Zion be glad! You give right judgments; let there be joy in the cities of Judah!
12 People of God, walk around Zion and count the towers;
13 take notice of the walls and examine the fortresses, so that you may tell the next generation:
14 "This God is our God forever and ever; he will lead us for all time to come."