Psalms 48
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1  A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korach.

א  שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לִבְנֵי קֹרַח.

2  Great is Hashem, and highly to be praised, in the city of our God, His holy mountain,

ב  גָּדוֹל יְהוָה וּמְהֻלָּל מְאֹד בְּעִיר אֱלֹהֵינוּ הַר קָדְשׁוֹ.

3  Fair in situation, the joy of the whole earth; even mount Tzion, the uttermost parts of the north, the city of the great King.

ג  יְפֵה נוֹף מְשׂוֹשׂ כָּל הָאָרֶץ הַר צִיּוֹן יַרְכְּתֵי צָפוֹן קִרְיַת מֶלֶךְ רָב.

4  God in her palaces hath made Himself known for a stronghold.

ד  אֱלֹהִים בְּאַרְמְנוֹתֶיהָ נוֹדַע לְמִשְׂגָּב.

5  For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, they came onward together.

ה  כִּי הִנֵּה הַמְּלָכִים נוֹעֲדוּ עָבְרוּ יַחְדָּו.

6  They saw, straightway they were amazed; they were affrighted, they hasted away.

ו  הֵמָּה רָאוּ כֵּן תָּמָהוּ נִבְהֲלוּ נֶחְפָּזוּ.

7  Trembling took hold of them there, pangs, as of a woman in travail.

ז  רְעָדָה אֲחָזָתַם שָׁם חִיל כַּיּוֹלֵדָה.

8  With the east wind Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish.

ח  בְּרוּחַ קָדִים תְּשַׁבֵּר אֳנִיּוֹת תַּרְשִׁישׁ.

9  As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of Hashem of hosts, in the city of our God– God establish it for ever. Selah

ka-a-SHER sha-MA-nu kayn ra-EE-nu b’-EER a-do-NAI tz’-va-OT b’-EER e-lo-HAY-nu e-lo-HEEM y’-kho-n’-NE-ha ad O-lam SE-lah

ט  כַּאֲשֶׁר שָׁמַעְנוּ כֵּן רָאִינוּ בְּעִיר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת בְּעִיר אֱלֹהֵינוּ אֱלֹהִים יְכוֹנְנֶהָ עַד עוֹלָם סֶלָה.

48:9   God establish it forever

In the times of the Temple, a special psalm was sung on each of the seven days of the week. In the absence of the Temple, Jews continue to say these daily psalms at the end of the morning prayers, in memory of the times when the Temple stood and in hopes for the redemption and restoration of the holy Temple. Psalm 48 is the psalm said on Mondays, and, as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes, is “a hymn of praise to the beauty and endurance of Jerusalem, the city that outlived all those who sought to conquer it.” He adds in the name of Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz, “it is the Eternal City of the Eternal People.”

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10  We have thought on Thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of Thy temple.

י  דִּמִּינוּ אֱלֹהִים חַסְדֶּךָ בְּקֶרֶב הֵיכָלֶךָ.

11  As is Thy name, O God, so is Thy praise unto the ends of the earth; Thy right hand is full of righteousness.

יא  כְּשִׁמְךָ אֱלֹהִים כֵּן תְּהִלָּתְךָ עַל קַצְוֵי אֶרֶץ צֶדֶק מָלְאָה יְמִינֶךָ.

12  Let mount Tzion be glad, let the daughters of Yehuda rejoice, because of Thy judgments.

יב  יִשְׂמַח הַר צִיּוֹן תָּגֵלְנָה בְּנוֹת יְהוּדָה לְמַעַן מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ.

13  Walk about Tzion, and go round about her; count the towers thereof.

יג  סֹבּוּ צִיּוֹן וְהַקִּיפוּהָ סִפְרוּ מִגְדָּלֶיהָ.

14  Mark ye well her ramparts, traverse her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.

יד  שִׁיתוּ לִבְּכֶם לְחֵילָה פַּסְּגוּ אַרְמְנוֹתֶיהָ לְמַעַן תְּסַפְּרוּ לְדוֹר אַחֲרוֹן.

15  For such is God, our God, for ever and ever; He will guide us eternally.

טו  כִּי זֶה אֱלֹהִים אֱלֹהֵינוּ עוֹלָם וָעֶד הוּא יְנַהֲגֵנוּ עַל מוּת.

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Psalms 48