The Psalms

Psalm 48

The ornaments and privileges of the church, 1-14.

1 [A Song and Psalm for the Sons of Korah.] The LORD is great and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

2 Beautiful for situation, 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 for a refuge.

4 For behold, the kings were assembled. They passed by together.

5 They saw it, and so they wondered. They were troubled and hasted away.

6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

7 You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

8 As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God. God will establish it forever. [Selah.]

9 We have thought of your loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of your temple.

10 According to 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 rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad because of your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion and go around her. Number her towers,

13 Mark well her bulwarks, and consider her palaces so that you may tell it to the generation following.

14 For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even to death.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 48


[v.2] - Quoted in Matthew 5:35.