Psalm 48:2
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.

Berean Study Bible
Beautiful in loftiness, the joy of all the earth, like the peaks of Zaphron is Mount Zion, 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.

Christian Standard Bible
rising splendidly, is the joy of the whole earth. Mount Zion--the summit of Zaphon-- is the city of the great King.

Contemporary English Version
beautiful and majestic, brings joy to all on earth. Mount Zion, truly sacred, is home for the Great King.

Good News Translation
Zion, the mountain of God, is high and beautiful; the city of the great king brings joy to all the world.

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.

New Heart English Bible
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, in the far north, 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Fair in situation, the joy of the whole earth; Even mount Zion, the uttermost parts of the north, The city of the great King.

New American Standard 1977
Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The city of the great King is well planted on the mountains of Sion, with the joy of the whole earth, on the sides of the north.

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.
Study Bible
Broken Bondage
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 loftiness, the joy of all the earth, like the peaks of Zaphron is Mount Zion, the city of the great King. 3God is in her citadels; He has shown Himself a fortress.…
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, upon My holy hill."

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

Psalm 101:8
Every morning I will remove all the wicked of the land, that I may 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 home:

Psalm 133:3
It is like the dew of Hermon falling on the mountains of Zion. For there the LORD has bestowed the blessing of life forevermore.

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

Lamentations 2:15
All who pass by clap their hands at you in scorn. They hiss and shake their heads at the Daughter of 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 to bring them out of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the glory of all lands.

Ezekiel 24:25
And you, son of man, know that on the day I take away their stronghold, their pride and joy--the desire of their eyes, on which they set their minds--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 southern slope was a structure that resembled a city.

Daniel 8:9
From one of these horns a little horn emerged and grew extensively toward the south and 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 hath shined.

Jeremiah 3:19
But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.

Lamentations 2:15
All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

joy

Isaiah 60:15-20
Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations…

Isaiah 66:10
Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

Ezekiel 20:6
In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:

on the sides

Isaiah 14:13
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

the city

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

Malachi 1:14
But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

Matthew 5:35
Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.







Lexicon
Beautiful
יְפֵ֥ה (yə·p̄êh)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3303: Fair, beautiful

in loftiness,
נוֹף֮ (nō·wp̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5131: Elevation, height

the joy
מְשׂ֪וֹשׂ (mə·śō·wś)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4885: Exultation, rejoicing

of all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the earth,
הָ֫אָ֥רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

like the peaks
יַרְכְּתֵ֣י (yar·kə·ṯê)
Noun - fdc
Strong's Hebrew 3411: Flank, side, extreme parts, recesses

of Zaphron
צָפ֑וֹן (ṣā·p̄ō·wn)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6828: Hidden, dark, the north as a, quarter

[is] Mount
הַר־ (har-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

Zion,
צִ֭יּוֹן (ṣî·yō·wn)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6726: Zion -- a mountain in Jerusalem, also a name for Jerusalem

the city
קִ֝רְיַ֗ת (qir·yaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7151: A town, city

of the great
רָֽב׃ (rāḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

King.
מֶ֣לֶךְ (me·leḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king
(2) Situation.--Heb., noph. A word only found here, but explained from a cognate Arabic word to mean elevation. And this feature is quite distinctive enough of Jerusalem to lend confirmation to this explanation--"Its elevation is remarkable." (See Stanley, Sinai and Palestine, p. 170.)

On the other hand, an adverbial use--highly beautiful or supremely beautiful (comp. Lamentations 2:15, "The perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth") may be all that the poet intends.

Sides of the north.--A common phrase, generally taken to mean the quarter or region of the north (see Ezekiel 38:6; Ezekiel 38:15; Ezekiel 39:2; Isaiah 14:13), but which, from the various uses of two words making it up, might mean northern recesses or secret recesses, according as we adopt the derived or the original meaning of ts?phon.

With the former of the two meanings we should see a reference to the relative position of the Temple and its precincts to the rest of the city. For the identification of the ancient Zion (not to be confounded with the modern Zion) with the hill on which the Temple stood, see Smith's Bib. Dict., art. "Jerusalem."(Comp. Stanley, Sinai and Palestine, p. 171.)

If, on the other hand, we elect to render secret, or hidden, or secure recesses, we have a figure quite intelligible of the security and peace to be found in God's holy city:

Beautiful for elevation,

The whole earth's joy;

Mount Zion, a secure recess,

City of the great King.

And the thought is taken up in the word refuge in the next verse. (Comp. Ezekiel 7:22, where the Temple is actually called "Jehovah's secret place.")

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"). 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.
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