God Is Our Refuge and Strength
46 1 God is our refuge and strength , A very present help in trouble . 2 Therefore e we will not fear , though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea ; 3 Though its waters roar and foam , Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride . Selah . 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God , The holy dwelling places of the Most High . 5 God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved ; God will help her when morning dawns .
6 The nations made an uproar , the kingdoms tottered ; He raised His voice , the earth melted . 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold . Selah . 8 Come , behold the works of the Lord , Who has wrought desolations in the earth . 9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth ; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two ; He burns the chariots with fire . 10 "Cease striving 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 stronghold . Selah .
God Is the King of All the Earth
47 1 O clap your hands , all peoples ; Shout to God with the voice of joy . 2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared , A great King over all the earth . 3 He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet . 4 He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom He loves . Selah .
5 God has ascended 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 skillful psalm . 8 God reigns over the nations , God sits on His holy throne . 9 The princes of the people have assembled themselves 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 1 Great is the Lord , and greatly to be praised , In the city of our God , His holy mountain . 2 Beautiful in elevation , the joy of the whole earth , Is Mount Zion in the far north , The city of the great King . 3 God , in her palaces , Has made Himself known as a stronghold . 4 For, lo , the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together . 5 They saw it, then they were amazed ; They were terrified , they fled in alarm . 6 Panic seized them there , Anguish , as of a woman in childbirth . 7 With the east wind You break 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 ; God will establish her forever e . Selah . 9 We have thought on Your lovingkindness , O God , In the midst of Your temple . 10 As is Your name , O God , So is Your praise to the ends of the earth ; Your right hand is full of righteousness . 11 Let Mount Zion be glad , Let the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments . 12 Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers ; 13 Consider e her ramparts ; Go through her palaces , That you may tell it to the next generation . 14 For such is God , Our God forever and ever ; He will guide us until death .
The Folly of Trusting in Riches
49 1 Hear this , all peoples ; Give ear , all inhabitants of the world , 2 Both low e and high e , Rich and poor together . 3 My mouth will speak wisdom , And the meditation of my heart will be understanding . 4 I will incline my ear to a proverb ; I will express my riddle on the harp . 5 Why should I fear in days of adversity , When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
6 Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches ? 7 No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him- 8 For the redemption of his soul is costly , And he should cease trying forever - 9 That he should live on eternally , That he should not undergo decay . 10 For he sees that even wise men die ; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others . 11 Their inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations ; They have called their lands after their own names . 12 But man in his pomp will not endure ; He is like the beasts that perish . 13 This is the way of those who are foolish , And of those after them who approve their words . Selah . 14 As sheep they are appointed for Sheol ; Death shall be their shepherd ; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning , And their form shall be for Sheol to consume So that they have no habitation .
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol , For He will receive me. Selah . 16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich , When the glory of his house is increased ; 17 For when he dies he will carry nothing e away; His glory will not descend after him. 18 Though while he lives he congratulates himself - And though men praise you when you do well for yourself- 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers ; They will never e e see the light . 20 Man in his pomp , yet without understanding , Is like the beasts that perish .
God Is the Judge
50 1 The Mighty One , God , the Lord , has spoken , And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting . 2 Out of Zion , the perfection of beauty , God has shone forth . 3 May our God come and not keep silence ; Fire devours before Him, And it is very tempestuous around Him. 4 He summons the heavens above e , And the earth , to judge His people : 5 "Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice ." 6 And 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 "I do not reprove you for your sacrifices , And your burnt offerings are continually before Me. 9 "I shall take no young bull out of your house Nor male goats out of your folds . 10 "For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills . 11 "I know every bird of the mountains , And everything that moves in the field is Mine . 12 "If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains . 13 "Shall I eat the flesh of bulls Or drink the blood of male goats ? 14 "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High ; 15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble ; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me."
16 But to the wicked God says , "What right have you to tell of My statutes And to take My covenant in your mouth ? 17 "For you hate discipline , And you cast My words behind you. 18 "When you see a thief , you are pleased with him, And you associate with adulterers . 19 "You let your mouth loose in evil And your tongue frames deceit . 20 "You sit and speak against your brother ; You slander e your own mother's son . 21 "These things you have done and I kept silence ; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes . 22 "Now consider this , you who forget God , Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver . 23 "He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God ."