48 A song, a psalm by the Korahites.
The Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise
in the city of our God, 1 his holy hill.
2 It is lofty and pleasing to look at, 2
a source of joy to the whole earth. 3
Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; 4
it is the city of the great king.
3 God is in its fortresses;
he reveals himself as its defender. 5
4 For 6 look, the kings assemble; 7
they advance together.
5 As soon as they see, 8 they are shocked; 9
they are terrified, they quickly retreat. 10
6 Look at them shake uncontrollably, 11
like a woman writhing in childbirth. 12
7 With an east wind
you shatter 13 the large ships. 14
8 We heard about God’s mighty deeds, now we have seen them, 15
in the city of the Lord, the invincible Warrior, 16
in the city of our God.
God makes it permanently secure. 17 (Selah)
9 We reflect on your loyal love, O God,
within your temple.
10 The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth
is worthy of your reputation, O God. 18
You execute justice! 19
11 Mount Zion rejoices;
the towns 20 of Judah are happy, 21
because of your acts of judgment. 22
12 Walk around 23 Zion! Encircle it!
Count its towers!
13 Consider its defenses! 24
Walk through 25 its fortresses,
so you can tell the next generation about it! 26
14 For God, our God, is our defender forever! 27
He guides 28 us! 29
49 For the music director, a psalm by the Korahites.
Listen to this, all you nations!
Pay attention, all you inhabitants of the world! 1
2 Pay attention, all you people, 2
both rich and poor!
3 I will declare a wise saying; 3
I will share my profound thoughts. 4
4 I will learn a song that imparts wisdom;
I will then sing my insightful song to the accompaniment of a harp. 5
5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, 6
when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me? 7
6 They trust 8 in their wealth
and boast 9 in their great riches.
7 Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; 10
he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price 11
8 (the ransom price for a human life 12 is too high,
and people go to their final destiny), 13
9 so that he might continue to live 14 forever
and not experience death. 15
10 Surely 16 one sees 17 that even wise people die; 18
fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away 19
and leave their wealth to others. 20
11 Their grave becomes their permanent residence,
their eternal dwelling place. 21
They name their lands after themselves, 22
12 but, despite their wealth, people do not last, 23
they are like animals 24 that perish. 25
13 This is the destiny of fools, 26
and of those who approve of their philosophy. 27 (Selah)
14 They will travel to Sheol like sheep, 28
with death as their shepherd. 29
The godly will rule 30 over them when the day of vindication dawns; 31
Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses. 32
15 But 33 God will rescue 34 my life 35 from the power 36 of Sheol;
certainly 37 he will pull me to safety. 38 (Selah)
16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich 39
and his wealth multiplies! 40
17 For he will take nothing with him when he dies;
his wealth will not follow him down into the grave. 41
18 He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive:
“May men praise you, for you have done well!”
19 But he will join his ancestors; 42
they will never again see the light of day. 43
20 Wealthy people do not understand; 44
they are like animals 45 that perish. 46
50 A psalm by Asaph.
El, God, the Lord 1 speaks,
and summons the earth to come from the east and west. 2
2 From Zion, the most beautiful of all places, 3
God comes in splendor. 4
3 Our God approaches and is not silent; 5
consuming fire goes ahead of him
and all around him a storm rages. 6
4 He summons the heavens above,
as well as the earth, so that he might judge his people. 7
5 He says: 8
“Assemble my covenant people before me, 9
those who ratified a covenant with me by sacrifice!” 10
6 The heavens declare his fairness, 11
for God is judge. 12 (Selah)
7 He says: 13
“Listen my people! I am speaking!
Listen Israel! I am accusing you! 14
I am God, your God!
8 I am not condemning 15 you because of your sacrifices,
or because of your burnt sacrifices that you continually offer me. 16
9 I do not need to take 17 a bull from your household
or goats from your sheepfolds.
10 For every wild animal in the forest belongs to me,
as well as the cattle that graze on a thousand hills. 18
11 I keep track of 19 every bird in the hills,
and the insects 20 of the field are mine.
12 Even if I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and all it contains belong to me.
13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls?
Do I drink the blood of goats? 21
14 Present to God a thank-offering!
Repay your vows to the sovereign One! 22
15 Pray to me when you are in trouble! 23
I will deliver you, and you will honor me!” 24
16 God says this to the evildoer: 25
“How can you declare my commands,
and talk about my covenant? 26
17 For you hate instruction
and reject my words. 27
18 When you see a thief, you join him; 28
you associate with men who are unfaithful to their wives. 29
19 You do damage with words, 30
and use your tongue to deceive. 31
20 You plot against your brother; 32
you slander your own brother. 33
21 When you did these things, I was silent, 34
so you thought I was exactly like you. 35
But now I will condemn 36 you
and state my case against you! 37
22 Carefully consider this, you who reject God! 38
Otherwise I will rip you to shreds 39
and no one will be able to rescue you.
23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. 40
To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.” 41