The Beauty and Glory of Zion.

1 1Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the 2city of our God, His 3holy mountain.
2 4Beautiful in elevation, 5the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The 6city of the great King.

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3 God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a 7stronghold.

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4 For, lo, the 8kings assembled themselves, They passed by together.

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5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were 9terrified, they fled in alarm.

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    • a 48:5 - Lit "were hurried away"
      6 Panic seized them there, Anguish, as of 10a woman in childbirth.

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        • b 48:6 - Lit "Trembling"
          7 With the 11east wind You 12break the 13ships of Tarshish.

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          8 As we have heard, so have we seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; God will 14establish her forever *. Selah.

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            • c 48:8 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
              9 We have thought on 15Your lovingkindness, O God, In the midst of Your temple.

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              10 As is Your 16name, O God, So is Your 17praise to the ends of the earth; Your 18right hand is full of righteousness.
              11 Let Mount 19Zion be glad, Let the 20daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments.

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              12 Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her 21towers;

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              13 Consider * her 22ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may 23tell it to the next generation.

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              14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will 24guide us until death.

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                • d 48:14 - Lit "this"
                • e 48:14 - Lit "upon;" some mss and the Gr read "forever"