God majestic, praise abounds in our God-city! His sacred mountain,
breathtaking in its heights - earth's joy. Zion Mountain looms in the North, city of the world-King.
God in his citadel peaks impregnable.
The kings got together, they united and came.
They took one look and shook their heads, they scattered and ran away.
They doubled up in pain like a woman having a baby.
You smashed the ships of Tarshish with a storm out of the East.
We heard about it, then we saw it with our eyes - In God's city of angel armies, in the city our God Set on firm foundations, firm forever.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)