Psalm 48 The Message Bible

The Beauty and Glory of Zion

48 1  God majestic, praise abounds in our God-city! His sacred mountain, 2  breathtaking in its heights - earth's joy. Zion Mountain looms in the North, city of the world-King. 3  God in his citadel peaks impregnable. 4  The kings got together, they united and came. 5  They took one look and shook their heads, they scattered and ran away. 6  They doubled up in pain like a woman having a baby. 7  You smashed the ships of Tarshish with a storm out of the East.

8  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. 9  We pondered your love-in-action, God, waiting in your temple: 10  Your name, God, evokes a train of Hallelujahs wherever It is spoken, near and far; your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action. 11  Be glad, Zion Mountain; Dance, Judah's daughters! He does what he said he'd do! 12  Circle Zion, take her measure, count her fortress peaks, 13  Gaze long at her sloping bulwark, climb her citadel heights - Then you can tell the next generation detail by detail the story of God, 14  Our God forever, who guides us till the end of time.

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