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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book II
The Beauty and Glory of Zion
A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.
[1]  GREAT is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised,
In the city of our God, in his holy mountain.
[2]  Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth,
Is mount Zion, on the sides of the north,
The city of the great King.
[3]  God hath made himself known in her palaces for a refuge. 1
[4]  For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,
They passed 2 by together.
[5]  They saw it, then were they amazed;
They were dismayed, they hasted 3 away.
[6]  Trembling took hold of them there,
Pain, as of a woman in travail.
[7]  With 4 the east wind
Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish.
[8]  As we have heard, so have we seen
In the city of Jehovah of hosts, in the city of our God:
God will establish it for ever.  [Selah
[9]  We have thought on thy lovingkindness, O God,
In the midst of thy temple.
[10]  As is thy name, O God,
So is thy praise unto the ends of the earth:
Thy right hand is full of righteousness.
[11]  Let mount Zion be glad,
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice,
Because of thy judgments.
[12]  Walk about Zion, and go round about her;
Number the towers thereof;
[13]  Mark ye well her bulwarks;
Consider 5 her palaces:
That ye may tell it to the generation following.
[14]  For this God is our God for ever and ever:
He will be our guide even unto death.
Note 1. Or, were stricken with terror. [back]
Note 2. Or, passed away. [back]
Note 3. Or, were stricken with terror. [back]
Note 4. Or, As with the cast wind that breaketh. [back]
Note 5. Or, Traverse. [back]


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