Psalm 48:2
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New International Version
Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.

New Living Translation
It is high and magnificent; the whole earth rejoices to see it! Mount Zion, the holy mountain, is the city of the great King!

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

New American Standard Bible
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King.

King James Bible
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
rising splendidly, is the joy of the whole earth. Mount Zion on the slopes of the north is the city of the great King.

International Standard Version
Beautifully situated, the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion towards the north, the city of the great King.

NET Bible
It is lofty and pleasing to look at, a source of joy to the whole earth. Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; it is the city of the great king.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Mount Zion is a glorious joy in all the Earth, which is in the north slopes, the city of the great King.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Its beautiful peak is the joy of the whole earth. Mount Zion is on the northern ridge. It is the city of the great king.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

King James 2000 Bible
Beautiful for elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

American King James Version
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

American Standard Version
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, The city of the great King.

Douay-Rheims Bible
With the joy of the whole earth is mount Sion founded, on the sides of the north, the city of the great king.

Darby Bible Translation
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

English Revised Version
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Webster's Bible Translation
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

World English Bible
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the north sides, the city of the great King.

Young's Literal Translation
Beautiful for elevation, A joy of all the land, is Mount Zion, The sides of the north, the city of a great king.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

48:1-7 Jerusalem is the city of our God: none on earth render him due honour except the citizens of the spiritual Jerusalem. Happy the kingdom, the city, the family, the heart, in which God is great, in which he is all. There God is known. The clearer discoveries are made to us of the Lord and his greatness, the more it is expected that we should abound in his praises. The earth is, by sin, covered with deformity, therefore justly might that spot of ground, which was beautified with holiness, be called the joy of the whole earth; that which the whole earth has reason to rejoice in, that God would thus in very deed dwell with man upon the earth. The kings of the earth were afraid of it. Nothing in nature can more fitly represent the overthrow of heathenism by the Spirit of the gospel, than the wreck of a fleet in a storm. Both are by the mighty power of the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Beautiful for situation; literally, for elevation; i.e. in respect of its lofty position. "Jerusalem, above all other great capitals," says Professor Cheyne, "is a mountain city." "It is a glorious burst," says Canon Tristram, "as the traveller rounds the shoulder of Mount Olivet, and the Haram wall starts up before him from the deep gorge of the Kedron, with its domes and crescents sparkling in the sunlight - a royal city" ('Land of Israel,' pp. 111, 112). The joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion (comp. Romans 2:15). The psalmist writes as a devout Israelite. To him there is nothing in the world so lovely, nothing so gladdening, as Mount Zion and the holy city seated on it. He does not mean to say that all the earth felt as he did; though he may have thought that, if men were wise, they would so feel. On the sides of the north. Professor Cheyne regards this clause as a gloss which has crept into the text. Others give a mystical interpretation founded on Isaiah 14:15. But the simplest explanation seems to be the best. Zion, the city of David, lay to the north of the temple, and abutted on the city's northern wall. The city of the great King (comp. ver. 1, "the city of our God").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Beautiful for situation,.... This, and what follows, are said of the city of God, the city of Jerusalem, which was delightfully situated on an eminence, in a wholesome air; the brook Kidron gliding by it, the water of Siloah running through it or at least through some parts of it; fields and gardens adjoining to it, and mountains all around it: and so the church of Christ is built upon him, the Rock; the river of divine love runs by it, the streams whereof make it glad; the green pastures of the word and ordinances are in it; and salvation is as walls and bulwarks about it; and so healthful is it, that the inhabitants have no reason to say they are sick, since the people that dwell therein have their iniquities forgiven, Isaiah 33:24;

the joy of the whole earth: that is, the city of Jerusalem, Lamentations 2:15; especially it was so when Christ, whose birth near it was matter of great joy to all people; when he who is the desire of all nations was in it; and when the Gospel went out from it unto the whole earth, and caused joy wherever it came in power, and with the Holy Ghost: and the church of Christ, particularly in the latter day, will be an eternal excellency, and a joy of many generations, Isaiah 60:15; and even now the whole world has reason to rejoice and be glad, because of the church of Christ in it, who are the light of the world and the salt of the earth, and on whose account the world continues, and the men of it enjoy the blessings they do;

is Mount Zion; or "by Mount Zion": Jerusalem was near it, and beautifully situated by it;

on the sides of the north; Jerusalem was north of Zion, as Zion was south of Jerusalem; likewise the temple was on the north part of Mount Zion, Isaiah 14:13; the altar and altar gate were on the north side at the temple, and there were the tables on which the sacrifices were slain, Ezekiel 8:5; and on the north side of the altar was the creature to be offered killed, Leviticus 1:11; and perhaps some reference is here had to the church of Christ in the latter day, which for many years past has been chiefly in our northern part of the world: hence the Protestant doctrine is by the Papists called the Northern Heresy; and it will be "tidings out of the north" that shall trouble the man of sin, or some agent of his, to come forth with fury, and plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas, in the glorious holy mountain, Daniel 11:44;

the city of the great King; of Christ the King of kings; See Gill on Psalm 47:2; and See Gill on Psalm 48:1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2, 3. situation—literally, "elevation."

joy of, &c.—source of joy.

sides of the north—poetically for eminent, lofty, distinguished, as the ancients believed the north to be the highest part of the earth (compare Isa 14:13).

Psalm 48:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Great is the Lord, and Greatly to Be Praised
1A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. 2Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. 3God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:35
or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.

Psalm 2:6
"I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain."

Psalm 50:2
From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.

Psalm 101:8
Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 132:13
For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,

Psalm 133:3
It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

Song of Solomon 6:4
You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling, as lovely as Jerusalem, as majestic as troops with banners.

Lamentations 2:15
All who pass your way clap their hands at you; they scoff and shake their heads at Daughter Jerusalem: "Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?"

Ezekiel 20:6
On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands.

Ezekiel 24:25
"And you, son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes, their heart's desire, and their sons and daughters as well--

Ezekiel 40:2
In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city.

Daniel 8:9
Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land.
Treasury of Scripture

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Beautiful

Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined.

Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you …

Lamentations 2:15 All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their …

Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding …

Daniel 11:16 But he that comes against him shall do according to his own will, …

joy

Isaiah 60:15-20 Whereas you has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through …

Isaiah 66:10 Rejoice you with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love …

Ezekiel 20:6 In the day that I lifted up my hand to them, to bring them forth …

Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightsome …

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, …

Ezekiel 20:6 In the day that I lifted up my hand to them, to bring them forth …

Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightsome …

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, …

on the sides

Isaiah 14:13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will …

the city

Psalm 47:7,8 For God is the King of all the earth: sing you praises with understanding…

Malachi 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vows, …

Matthew 5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; …

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