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Psalms 48:1

    Psalms 48:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, in his holy mountain.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <A Song. A Psalm. Of the sons of Korah.> Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the town of our God, in his holy mountain.

    Webster's Revision

    Great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, in his holy mountain.

    World English Bible

    Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in his holy mountain.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, in the city of our God, in his holy mountain.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 48:1

    Great is the Lord - This verse should be joined to the last verse of the preceding Psalm, as it is a continuation of the same subject; and indeed in some of Kennicott's MSS. it is written as a part of the foregoing. That concluded with He is greatly exalted; this begins with Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; i.e., He should be praised according to his greatness; no common praise is suited to the nature and dignity of the Supreme God.

    In the city of our God - That is, in the temple; or in Jerusalem, where the temple was situated.

    The mountain of his holiness - Mount Moriah, on which the temple was built. The ancient city of Jerusalem, which David took from the Jebusites, was on the south of Mount Zion, on which the temple was built, though it might be said to be more properly on Mount Moriah, which is one of the hills of which Mount Zion is composed. The temple therefore was to the north of the city, as the psalmist here states, Psalm 48:2 : "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." But some think that it is the city that is said to be on the north, and Reland contends that the temple was on the south of the city.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 48:1

    Great is the Lord - That is, he is high and exalted; he is a Being of great power and glory. He is not weak and feeble, like the idols worshipped by other nations. He is able to defend his people; he has shown his great power in overthrowing the mighty forces that were gathered together against the city where he dwells.

    And greatly to be praised - Worthy to be praised. In his own nature, he is worthy of adoration; in interposing to save the city from its foes, he has shown that he is worthy of exalted praise.

    In the city of our God - Jerusalem. In the city which he has chosen for his abode, and where his worship is celebrated. See the notes at Psalm 46:4. This praise was especially appropriate there:

    (a) because it was a place set apart for his worship;

    (b) because he had now interposed to save it from threatened ruin.

    In the mountain of his holiness - His holy mountain; either Mount Zion, if the psalm was composed before the building of the temple - or more probably here Mount Moriah, on which the temple was reared. The names Zion, and Mount Zion, however, were sometimes given to the entire city. Compare the notes at Isaiah 2:2-3.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 48:1

    48:1 The city - In Jerusalem. Mountain - In his holy mountain.