Psalm 46-50 English Standard Version

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God Is Our Refuge and Strength

46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present[1] help in trouble. 2  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3  though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah 4  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

6  The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah 8  Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9  He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with 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  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

God Is the King of All the Earth

47 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! 2  For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. 3  He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. 4  He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

5  God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 6  Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7  For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm![2] 8  God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. 9  The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!

The Beauty and Glory of Zion

48 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, 2  beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. 3  Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress. 4  For behold, the kings assembled; they came on together. 5  As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic; they took to flight. 6  Trembling took hold of them there, anguish as of a woman in labor. 7  By the east wind you shattered the ships of Tarshish.

8  As 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. Selah 9  We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. 10  As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness. 11  Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments! 12  Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, 13  consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation 14  that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.[3]

The Folly of Trusting in Riches

49 Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 2  both low and high, rich and poor together! 3  My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. 4  I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre. 5  Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,

6  those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? 7  Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, 8  for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, 9  that he should live on forever and never see the pit. 10  For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others. 11  Their graves are their homes forever,[4] their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names. 12  Man in his pomp will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish. 13  This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts.[5] Selah 14  Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.

15  But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah 16  Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. 17  For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. 18  For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed --and though you get praise when you do well for yourself-- 19  his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light. 20  Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

God Is the Judge

50 The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. 3  Our God comes; he does not keep silence;[6] before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. 4  He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: 5  "Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!" 6  The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah

7  "Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 8  Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me. 9  I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. 10  For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 11  I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. 12  "If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. 13  Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14  Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,[7] and perform your vows to the Most High, 15  and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."

16  But to the wicked God says: "What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? 17  For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. 18  If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. 19  "You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. 20  You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son. 21  These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I[8] was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. 22  "Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! 23  The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!"

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Footnotes

[1] 46:1 Or well proved

[2] 47:7 Hebrew maskil

[3] 48:14 Septuagint; another reading is (compare Jerome, Syriac) He will guide us beyond death

[4] 49:11 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Their inward thought was that their homes were forever

[5] 49:13 Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts

[6] 50:3 Or May our God come, and not keep silence

[7] 50:14 Or Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God

[8] 50:21 Or that the I am

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