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Psalms 48:2

Context
NET ©

It is lofty and pleasing to look at, 1  a source of joy to the whole earth. 2  Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; 3  it is the city of the great king.

NIV ©

It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth. Like the utmost heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

It is magnificent in elevation––the whole earth rejoices to see it! Mount Zion, the holy mountain, is the city of the great King!

MSG ©

breathtaking in its heights--earth's joy. Zion Mountain looms in the North, city of the world-King.

BBE ©

Beautiful in its high position, the joy of all the earth, is the mountain of Zion, the mountain of God, the town of the great King.

NRSV ©

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

NKJV ©

Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, The city of the great King.


KJV
Beautiful
<03303>
for situation
<05131>_,
the joy
<04885>
of the whole earth
<0776>_,
[is] mount
<02022>
Zion
<06726>_,
[on] the sides
<03411>
of the north
<06828>_,
the city
<07151>
of the great
<07227>
King
<04428>_.
NASB ©
Beautiful
<03303>
in elevation
<05131>
, the joy
<04885>
of the whole
<03605>
earth
<0776>
, Is Mount
<02022>
Zion
<06726>
in the far
<03411>
north
<06828>
, The city
<07151>
of the great
<07227>
King
<04428>
.
HEBREW
br
<07227>
Klm
<04428>
tyrq
<07151>
Nwpu
<06828>
ytkry
<03411>
Nwyu
<06726>
rh
<02022>
Urah
<0776>
lk
<03605>
vwvm
<04885>
Pwn
<05131>
hpy
<03303>
(48:2)
<48:3>
LXXM
(47:3) eu
<2095
ADV
rizwn {N-GPF} agalliamati {N-DSN} pashv
<3956
A-GSF
thv
<3588
T-GSF
ghv
<1065
N-GSF
orh
<3735
N-NPN
siwn
<4622
N-PRI
ta
<3588
T-NPN
pleura {N-NPN} tou
<3588
T-GSM
borra {N-GSM} h
<3588
T-NSF
poliv
<4172
N-NSF
tou
<3588
T-GSM
basilewv
<935
N-GSM
tou
<3588
T-GSM
megalou
<3173
A-GSM
NET © [draft] ITL
It is lofty
<03303>
and pleasing to look
<05131>
at, a source of joy
<04885>
to the whole
<03605>
earth
<0776>
. Mount
<02022>
Zion
<06726>
resembles the peaks
<03411>
of Zaphon
<06828>
; it is the city
<07151>
of the great
<07227>
king
<04428>
.
NET ©

It is lofty and pleasing to look at, 1  a source of joy to the whole earth. 2  Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; 3  it is the city of the great king.

NET © Notes

tn Heb “beautiful of height.” The Hebrew term נוֹף (nof, “height”) is a genitive of specification after the qualitative noun “beautiful.” The idea seems to be that Mount Zion, because of its lofty appearance, is pleasing to the sight.

sn A source of joy to the whole earth. The language is hyperbolic. Zion, as the dwelling place of the universal king, is pictured as the world’s capital. The prophets anticipated this idealized picture becoming a reality in the eschaton (see Isa 2:1-4).

tn Heb “Mount Zion, the peaks of Zaphon.” Like all the preceding phrases in v. 2, both phrases are appositional to “city of our God, his holy hill” in v. 1, suggesting an identification in the poet’s mind between Mount Zion and Zaphon. “Zaphon” usually refers to the “north” in a general sense (see Pss 89:12; 107:3), but here, where it is collocated with “peaks,” it refers specifically to Mount Zaphon, located in the vicinity of ancient Ugarit and viewed as the mountain where the gods assembled (see Isa 14:13). By alluding to West Semitic mythology in this way, the psalm affirms that Mount Zion is the real divine mountain, for it is here that the Lord God of Israel lives and rules over the nations. See P. Craigie, Psalms 1-50 (WBC), 353, and T. N. D. Mettinger, In Search of God, 103.



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