471Clap your hands for joy, all peoples!
Praise God with loud songs!
2The LORD, the Most High, is to be feared;
he is a great king, ruling over all the world.
3He gave us victory over the peoples;
he made us rule over the nations.
4He chose for us the land where we live,
the proud possession of his people, whom he loves.
5God goes up to his throne.
There are shouts of joy and the blast of trumpets,
as the LORD goes up.
6Sing praise to God;
sing praise to our king!
7God is king over all the world;
praise him with songs!
8God sits on his sacred throne;
he rules over the nations.
9The rulers of the nations assemble
with the people47.9 Probable text with the people; Hebrew the people. of the God of Abraham.
More powerful than all armies is he;
he rules supreme.
481The LORD is great and is to be highly praised
in the city of our God, on his sacred hill.48.1 sacred hill: See 2.6.
Zion, the mountain of God, is high and beautiful;
the city of the great king brings joy to all the world.
3God has shown that there is safety with him
inside the fortresses of the city.
4The kings gathered together
and came to attack Mount Zion.
5But when they saw it, they were amazed;
they were afraid and ran away.
6There they were seized with fear and anguish,
like a woman about to bear a child,
7like ships tossing in a furious storm.
8We have heard what God has done,
and now we have seen it
in the city of our God, the LORD Almighty;
he will keep the city safe for ever.
9Inside your Temple, O God,
we think of your constant love.
10You are praised by people everywhere,
and your fame extends over all the earth.
You rule with justice;
11let the people of Zion be glad!
You give right judgements;
let there be joy in the cities of Judah!
12People of God, walk round Zion and count the towers;
13take notice of the walls and examine the fortresses,
so that you may tell the next generation:
14“This God is our God for ever and ever;
he will lead us for all time to come.”
491Hear this, everyone!
Listen, all people everywhere,
2great and small alike,
rich and poor together.
3My thoughts will be clear;
I will speak words of wisdom.
4I will turn my attention to proverbs
and explain their meaning as I play the harp.
5I am not afraid in times of danger
when I am surrounded by enemies,
6by evil people who trust in their riches
and boast of their great wealth.
7A person can never redeem himself;
he cannot pay God the price for his life,
8because the payment for a human life is too great.
What he could pay would never be enough
9to keep him from the grave,
to let him live for ever.
10Anyone can see that even the wise die,
as well as the foolish and stupid.
They all leave their riches to their descendants.
11Their graves49.11 Some ancient translations graves; Hebrew inner thoughts. are their homes for ever;
there they stay for all time,
though they once had lands of their own.
12No one's greatness can save him from death;
he will still die like the animals.
13See what happens to those who trust in themselves,
the fate of those49.13 One ancient translation the fate of those; Hebrew after them. who are satisfied with their wealth —
14they are doomed to die like sheep,
and Death will be their shepherd.
The righteous will triumph over them,
as their bodies quickly decay
in the world of the dead far from their homes.49.14 in… homes; Hebrew unclear.
15But God will rescue me;
he will save me from the power of death.
16Don't be upset when someone becomes rich,
when his wealth grows even greater;
17he cannot take it with him when he dies;
his wealth will not go with him to the grave.
18Even if he is satisfied with this life
and is praised because he is successful,
19he will join all his ancestors in death,
where the darkness lasts for ever.
20His greatness cannot save him from death;
he will still die like the animals.