Psalm 46-50 Bible in Basic English

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God Is Our Refuge and Strength

46 1 God is our harbour and our strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 For this cause we will have no fear, even though the earth is changed, and though the mountains are moved in the heart of the sea; 3 Though its waters are sounding and troubled, and though the mountains are shaking with their violent motion. (Selah.) 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the resting-place of God, the holy place of the tents of the Most High. 5 God has taken his place in her; she will not be moved: he will come to her help at the dawn of morning.

6 The nations were angry, the kingdoms were moved; at the sound of his voice the earth became like wax. 7 The Lord of armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower. (Selah.) 8 Come, see the works of the Lord, the destruction which he has made in the earth. 9 He puts an end to wars over all the earth; by him the bow is broken, and the spear cut in two, and the carriage burned in the fire. 10 Be at peace in the knowledge that I am God: I will be lifted up among the nations, I will be honoured through all the earth. 11 The Lord of armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower. (Selah.)

God Is the King of All the Earth

47 1 O make a glad noise with your hands, all you peoples; letting your voices go up to God with joy. 2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared; he is a great King over all the earth. 3 He will put down the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. 4 He will give us our heritage, the glory of Jacob who is dear to him. (Selah.)

5 God has gone up with a glad cry, the Lord with the sound of the horn. 6 Give praises to God, make songs of praise; give praises to our King, make songs of praise. 7 For God is the King of all the earth; make songs of praise with knowledge. 8 God is the ruler over the nations; God is on the high seat of his holy rule. 9 The rulers of the peoples have come together, with the people of the God of Abraham; because the powers of the earth are God's: he is lifted up on high.

The Beauty and Glory of Zion

48 1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the town of our God, in his holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in its high position, the joy of all the earth, is the mountain of Zion, the mountain of God, the town of the great King. 3 In its buildings God is seen to be a high tower. 4 For see! the kings came together by agreement, they were joined together. 5 They saw it, and so were full of wonder; they were troubled, and went quickly away in fear. 6 Shaking came on them and pain, as on a woman in childbirth. 7 By you the ships of Tarshish are broken as by an east wind.

8 As it came to our ears so have we seen it, in the town of the Lord of armies, in the town of our God; God will keep it fixed for ever. (Selah.) 9 Our thoughts were of your mercy, O God, while we were in your Temple. 10 As your name is, O God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth; your right hand is full of righteousness. 11 Let there be joy in the mountain of Zion, and let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your wise decisions. 12 Make your way about Zion, and go round it, numbering its towers. 13 Take note of its strong walls, looking well at its fair buildings; so that you may give word of it to the generation which comes after. 14 Because this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide.

The Folly of Trusting in Riches

49 1 Give attention to this, all you peoples; let your ears be open, all you who are living in the world. 2 High and low together, the poor, and those who have wealth. 3 From my mouth will come words of wisdom; and in the thoughts of my heart will be knowledge. 4 I will put my teaching into a story; I will make my dark sayings clear with music. 5 What cause have I for fear in the days of evil, when the evil-doing of those who are working for my downfall is round about me?

6 Even of those whose faith is in their wealth, and whose hearts are lifted up because of their stores. 7 Truly, no man may get back his soul for a price, or give to God the payment for himself; 8 (Because it takes a great price to keep his soul from death, and man is not able to give it.) 9 So that he might have eternal life, and never see the underworld. 10 For he sees that wise men come to their end, and foolish persons of low behaviour come to destruction together, letting their wealth go to others. 11 The place of the dead is their house for ever, and their resting-place through all generations; those who come after them give their names to their lands. 12 But man, like the animals, does not go on for ever; he comes to an end like the beasts. 13 This is the way of the foolish; their silver is for those who come after them, and their children get the pleasure of their gold. (Selah.) 14 Death will give them their food like sheep; the underworld is their fate and they will go down into it; their flesh is food for worms; their form is wasted away; the underworld is their resting-place for ever.

15 But God will get back my soul; for he will take me from the power of death. (Selah.) 16 Have no fear when wealth comes to a man, and the glory of his house is increased; 17 For at his death, he will take nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. 18 Though he might have pride in his soul in his life-time, and men will give you praise if you do well for yourself, 19 He will go to the generation of his fathers; he will not see the light again. 20 Man, like the animals, does not go on for ever; he comes to an end like the beasts.

God Is the Judge

50 1 The God of gods, even the Lord, has sent out his voice, and the earth is full of fear; from the coming up of the sun to its going down. 2 From Zion, most beautiful of places, God has sent out his light. 3 Our God will come, and will not keep quiet; with fire burning before him, and storm-winds round him. 4 His voice will go out to the heavens and to the earth, for the judging of his people: 5 Let my saints come together to me; those who have made an agreement with me by offerings. 6 And let the heavens make clear his righteousness; for God himself is the judge. (Selah.)

7 Give ear, O my people, to my words; O Israel, I will be a witness against you; I am God, even your God. 8 I will not take up a cause against you because of your offerings, or because of your burned offerings, which are ever before me. 9 I will take no ox out of your house, or he-goats from your flocks; 10 For every beast of the woodland is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I see all the birds of the mountains, and the beasts of the field are mine. 12 If I had need of food, I would not give you word of it; for the earth is mine and all its wealth. 13 Am I to take the flesh of the ox for my food, or the blood of goats for my drink? 14 Make an offering of praise to God; keep the agreements which you have made with the Most High; 15 Let your voice come up to me in the day of trouble; I will be your saviour, so that you may give glory to me.

16 But to the sinner, God says, What are you doing, talking of my laws, or taking the words of my agreement in your mouth? 17 Seeing that you have no desire for my teaching, turning your back on my words. 18 When you saw a thief, you were in agreement with him, and you were joined with those who took other men's wives. 19 You have given your mouth to evil, your tongue to words of deceit. 20 You say evil of your brother; you make false statements against your mother's son. 21 These things have you done, and I said nothing; it seemed to you that I was such a one as yourself; but I will make a protest against you, and put them in order before your eyes. 22 Now keep this in mind, you who have no memory of God, for fear that you may be crushed under my hand, with no one to give you help: 23 Whoever makes an offering of praise gives glory to me; and to him who is upright in his ways I will make clear the salvation of God.

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