Psalm 48

1Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain,

2beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.

3Within its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense.

4Then the kings assembled, they came on together.

5As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic, they took to flight;

6trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor,

7as when an east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish.

8As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes forever. Selah

9We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.

10Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory.

11Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgments.

12Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers,

13consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation

14that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever.

Psalm 49

1Hear this, all you peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world,

2both low and high, rich and poor together.

3My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

4I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.

5Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me,

6those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?

7Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life, there is no price one can give to God for it.

8For the ransom of life is costly, and can never suffice

9that one should live on forever and never see the grave.

10When we look at the wise, they die; fool and dolt perish together and leave their wealth to others.

11Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they named lands their own.

12Mortals cannot abide in their pomp; they are like the animals that perish.

13Such is the fate of the foolhardy, the end of those who are pleased with their lot. Selah

14Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; straight to the grave they descend, and their form shall waste away; Sheol shall be their home.

15But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah

16Do not be afraid when some become rich, when the wealth of their houses increases.

17For when they die they will carry nothing away; their wealth will not go down after them.

18Though in their lifetime they count themselves happy—for you are praised when you do well for yourself—

19they will go to the company of their ancestors, who will never again see the light.

20Mortals cannot abide in their pomp; they are like the animals that perish.

Psalm 50

1The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

3Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.

4He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

5“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

6The 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.

8Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me.

9I will not accept a bull from your house, or goats from your folds.

10For every wild animal of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.

11I know all the birds of the air, and all that moves in the field is mine.

12“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that is in it is mine.

13Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.

15Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

16But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?

17For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.

18You make friends with a thief when you see one, and you keep company with adulterers.

19“You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.

20You sit and speak against your kin; you slander your own mother’s child.

21These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one just like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.

22“Mark this, then, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.

23Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.”

From the oremus Bible Browser http://bible.oremus.org v2.2.8 14 July 2018.


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