Psalm 46-50 Darby’s Translation

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God Is Our Refuge and Strength

46 1 To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. On Alamoth. A song. God is our refuge and strength, a help in distresses, very readily found. 2 Therefore will we not fear though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the heart of the seas; 3 Though the waters thereof roar [and] foam, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the sanctuary of the habitations of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her at the dawn of the morning.

6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7 Jehovah of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our high fortress. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of Jehovah, what desolations he hath made in the earth: 9 He hath made wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariots in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 Jehovah of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our high fortress. Selah.

God Is the King of All the Earth

47 1 To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. All ye peoples, clap your hands; shout unto God with the voice of triumph! 2 For Jehovah, the Most High, is terrible, a great king over all the earth. 3 He subdueth the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. 4 He hath chosen our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

5 God is gone up amid shouting, Jehovah amid the sound of the trumpet. 6 Sing psalms of God, sing psalms; sing psalms unto our King, sing psalms! 7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing psalms with understanding. 8 God reigneth over the nations; God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. 9 The willing-hearted of the peoples have gathered together, [with] the people of the God of Abraham. For unto God [belong] the shields of the earth: he is greatly exalted.

The Beauty and Glory of Zion

48 1 A Song; a Psalm. Of the sons of Korah. Great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the hill of his holiness. 2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King. 3 God is known in her palaces as a high fortress. 4 For behold, the kings assembled themselves, they passed by together; 5 They saw,—so they marvelled; they were troubled, they fled in consternation: 6 Trembling took hold upon them there; anguish, as of a woman in travail. 7 With an east wind thou hast broken the ships of Tarshish.

8 As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of Jehovah of hosts, in the city of our God: God doth establish it for ever. Selah. 9 We have thought, O God, of thy loving-kindness, in the midst of thy temple. 10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness. 11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. 12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: count the towers thereof; 13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces: that ye may tell it to the generation following. 14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide until death.

The Folly of Trusting in Riches

49 1 To the chief Musician. Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. Hear this, all ye peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world: 2 Both men of low and men of high degree, rich and poor alike. 3 My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding: 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable, I will open my riddle upon the harp. 5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of adversity, [when] the iniquity of my supplanters encompasseth me?—

6 They depend upon their wealth, and boast themselves in the abundance of their riches. ... 7 None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, 8 (For the redemption of their soul is costly, and must be given up for ever,) 9 That he should still live perpetually, [and] not see corruption. 10 For he seeth that wise men die; all alike, the fool and the brutish perish, and they leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses are for ever,their dwelling-places from generation to generation: they call the lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless, man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13 This their way is their folly, yet they that come after them delight in their sayings. Selah. 14 Like sheep are they laid in Sheol: Death feedeth on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their comeliness shall be for Sheol to consume, that there be no habitation for them.

15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol: for he will receive me. Selah. 16 Be not afraid when a man becometh rich, when the glory of his house is increased: 17 For when he dieth, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him. 18 Though he blessed his soul in his lifetime,—and men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself,— 19 It shall go to the generation of his fathers: they shall never see light. 20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

God Is the Judge

50 1 God, Elohim-Jehovah, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined forth. 3 Our God will come, and will not keep silence: fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 4 He will call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people: 5 Gather unto me my godly ones, those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice! 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness; for God executeth judgment himself. Selah.

7 Hear, my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify unto thee: I am God, thy God. 8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices, or thy burnt-offerings, continually before me; 9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, [nor] he-goats out of thy folds: 10 For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle upon a thousand hills; 11 I know all the fowl of the mountains, and the roaming creatures of the field are mine: 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee; for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. 13 Should I eat the flesh of bulls, and drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer unto God thanksgiving, and perform thy vows unto the Most High; 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant into thy mouth, 17 Seeing thou hast hated correction and hast cast my words behind thee? 18 When thou sawest a thief, thou didst take pleasure in him, and thy portion was with adulterers; 19 Thou lettest thy mouth loose to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit; 20 Thou sittest [and] speakest against thy brother, thou revilest thine own mother's son: 21 These [things] hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether as thyself: [but] I will reprove thee, and set [them] in order before thine eyes. 22 Now consider this, ye that forget +God, lest I tear in pieces, and there be no deliverer. 23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me; and to him that ordereth [his] way will I shew the salvation of God.

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