Psalm 48 - "Singing of Zion I"

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

    [1] Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
        in the city of our God!
    His holy mountain, [2] beautiful in elevation,
        is the joy of all the earth,
    Mount Zion, in the far north,
        the city of the great King.
    [3] Within her citadels God
        has made himself known as a fortress.
    
    [4] For behold, the kings assembled;
        they came on together.
    [5] As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
        they were in panic; they took to flight.
    [6] Trembling took hold of them there,
        anguish as of a woman in labor.
    [7] By the east wind you shattered
        the ships of Tarshish.
    [8] As we have heard, so have we seen
        in the city of the LORD of hosts,
    in the city of our God,
        which God will establish forever. Selah
    
    [9] We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
        in the midst of your temple.
    [10] As your name, O God,
        so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
    Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
    [11]     Let Mount Zion be glad!
    Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
        because of your judgments!
    
    [12] Walk about Zion, go around her,
        number her towers,
    [13] consider well her ramparts,
        go through her citadels,
    that you may tell the next generation
    [14]     that this is God,
    our God forever and ever.
        He will guide us forever.

(Psalm 48 ESV)



    [1] So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. [2] Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—[3] if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

    [4] As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, [5] you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. [6] For it stands in Scripture:

    “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
        a cornerstone chosen and precious,
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
    
        [7] So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

    “The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the cornerstone,”
    
        [8] and

    “A stone of stumbling,
        and a rock of offense.”
    
        They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

    [9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

    [11] Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. [12] Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

(1 Peter 2:1-12 ESV)