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A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
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 it for ever. Selah.
We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

48:2 city of the great King. Jerusalem was called “the city of the great King” by the Lord Jesus (Matthew 5:35). God Himself is, of course, the “great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2,7), and Jerusalem is the earthly “city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High” (Psalm 46:4). Thus Psalms 46, 47, 48 have a common theme.

48:7 breakest the ships of Tarshish. Since the prophetic setting of this psalm, like Psalm 47, seem to center on the future kingdom age, Tarshish here probably symbolizes the great sea-faring nations of the last days. See note on Ezekiel 38:13.

48:14 unto death. This could just as well read “into death.” That is, God guides even beyond the point of death.

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