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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 48

Introduction

1The ornaments and privileges of the church.

Verse 1

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
A. M. 3489. B.C. 515. (Title.) Song. This Psalm is supposed to have been sung at the dedication of the second temple; though some think it was composed on the victory obtained by Jehoshaphat
2 Chronicles 20:1-37; Psalms 30:1; *title
for
or, of.
46:1; *title
Great
86:10; 99:3,4; 145:3; 147:5
greatly
89:1-7; Nehemiah 9:5; Revelation 15:3,4; 19:5
city
46:4; 65:1; 78:68; 87:3; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 21:2,10-22
mountain
47:8; 99:9; Isaiah 2:2,3; 27:13; Jeremiah 31:23; Obadiah 1:17; Micah 4:1; Zechariah 8:3; Matthew 24:15
Reciprocal: Numbers 26:11 - General; 2 Samuel 7:22 - Wherefore; 2 Chronicles 6:6 - But I have chosen Jerusalem; 2 Chronicles 12:13 - the city; Ezra 4:12 - bad city; Psalm 2:6 - my; Psalm 42:1 - the sons; Psalm 48:8 - city of the Lord; Psalm 49:1 - for; Psalm 74:2 - this mount; Psalm 76:1 - In Judah; Psalm 84:1 - How; Psalm 87:1 - the holy; Psalm 99:2 - great; Psalm 132:13 - he hath desired; Psalm 135:5 - I know; Psalm 135:21 - which dwelleth; Isaiah 1:21 - the faithful; Isaiah 48:2 - they call; Jeremiah 10:6 - thou; Ezekiel 35:10 - whereas; Daniel 2:45 - the great; Revelation 20:9 - the camp

Verse 2

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
50:2; Jeremiah 3:19; Lamentations 2:15; Daniel 8:9; 11:16
joy
Isaiah 60:15-20; 66:10; Ezekiel 20:6; Malachi 3:12; Hebrews 12:22
on the sides
Isaiah 14:13
the city
47:7,8; Malachi 1:14; Matthew 5:35
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 19:34 - I will defend; 1 Chronicles 11:5 - the castle; Ezra 4:12 - bad city; Psalm 2:6 - my; Psalm 48:8 - city of the Lord; Psalm 74:2 - this mount; Psalm 84:1 - How; Psalm 87:1 - the holy; Psalm 87:3 - Glorious; Psalm 95:3 - a great; Psalm 99:9 - his holy; Psalm 101:8 - cut off; Psalm 145:1 - my God; Song of Solomon 6:4 - comely; Jeremiah 31:23 - and mountain; Lamentations 1:6 - from; Ezekiel 7:20 - the beauty; Ezekiel 8:5 - at the; Ezekiel 16:13 - and thou wast; Ezekiel 24:25 - their strength; Daniel 11:45 - in the

Verse 3

God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
76:1-5; 125:1; 2 Chronicles 12:7; 14:9-15; 20:1-37; Isaiah 4:5,6; 37:33-36; Zechariah 2:4,5
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 33:27 - refuge; 1 Samuel 18:12 - afraid; 2 Samuel 22:51 - the tower; 1 Chronicles 19:19 - would; Psalm 9:9 - The Lord; Psalm 46:11 - the God; Psalm 87:3 - Glorious; Psalm 122:7 - within thy palaces; Psalm 145:1 - my God; Jeremiah 6:5 - let us destroy; Lamentations 1:6 - from; Ezekiel 48:35 - The Lord

Verse 4

For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
83:2-8; 2 Samuel 10:6,14,16-19; Isaiah 7:1; 8:8-10; 10:8; 29:5-8; Revelation 17:12-14; 19:20; 20:8,9
Reciprocal: Joshua 5:1 - heard; Joshua 10:2 - they feared; Joshua 10:16 - and hid; Judges 5:19 - kings; Judges 5:31 - So let; 2 Samuel 10:19 - feared; 2 Kings 6:11 - Therefore; 2 Kings 7:7 - they arose; 2 Kings 19:26 - of small power; Psalm 2:2 - kings; Psalm 76:12 - He shall; Isaiah 64:2 - that the nations; Jeremiah 21:2 - according; Jeremiah 49:37 - to be; Lamentations 4:12 - General

Verse 5

They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
were
Exodus 14:25; 2 Kings 7:6,7; 19:35-37
Reciprocal: Exodus 14:24 - and troubled; Joshua 2:24 - all the inhabitants; Joshua 8:20 - and they had; Judges 5:31 - So let; 1 Samuel 28:5 - he was afraid; 2 Samuel 10:19 - feared; 2 Kings 6:11 - Therefore; 2 Chronicles 14:14 - the fear; Psalm 65:8 - afraid; Isaiah 13:8 - pangs

Verse 6

Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
Fear
Exodus 15:15,16; Isaiah 13:6-8; Daniel 5:6
pain
Isaiah 21:3; Jeremiah 30:6,7; Hosea 13:13
Reciprocal: Genesis 3:16 - in sorrow; Exodus 15:14 - hear; Joshua 2:24 - all the inhabitants; Joshua 8:20 - and they had; 1 Samuel 28:5 - he was afraid; 2 Chronicles 14:14 - the fear; Psalm 65:8 - afraid; Isaiah 13:8 - pangs; Isaiah 19:16 - like; Isaiah 26:17 - General; Jeremiah 6:24 - anguish; Ezekiel 30:4 - pain; Daniel 5:9 - changed; Matthew 28:4 - shake; Mark 13:8 - sorrows; Romans 8:22 - groaneth; 1 Thessalonians 5:3 - as

Verse 7

Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
breakest
Ezekiel 27:25,26
ships
1 Kings 22:48; Isaiah 2:16
east
Jeremiah 18:17
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 10:22 - Tharshish; Psalm 107:23 - go down; Isaiah 23:1 - ye ships; Ezekiel 30:4 - pain; Revelation 8:9 - the ships

Verse 8

As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
As we
44:1,2; 78:3-6; Isaiah 38:19
city of the Lord
1,2
God
46:5; 87:5; Isaiah 2:2; Micah 4:1; Matthew 16:18
Reciprocal: Psalm 46:4 - city; Psalm 101:8 - cut off; Isaiah 1:21 - the faithful; Revelation 3:12 - the city

Verse 9

We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
thought
26:3; 77:10,11; 104:34; 105:5,6
loving-kindness
40:10; 63:3; Song of Solomon 1:4; Luke 22:19,20
in the
63:2; 77:12-14; 2 Chronicles 20:5-13; Isaiah 26:8
Reciprocal: Psalm 29:9 - in his temple; Psalm 52:9 - wait; Psalm 135:21 - which dwelleth

Verse 10

According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
According
113:3; 138:2-4; Exodus 3:13-15; 34:5-7; Deuteronomy 28:58; Joshua 7:9; Malachi 1:11,14
thy right
11:7; 45:7; 99:4; 145:17; Revelation 19:2,11
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 16:14 - his judgments; Psalm 52:9 - wait; Psalm 105:7 - judgments; Isaiah 33:13 - Hear; Isaiah 52:6 - my people; Micah 6:9 - the man of wisdom shall see thy name

Verse 11

Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
daughters
97:8; Song of Solomon 1:5; 2:7; 3:5; 5:16; Isaiah 37:22; Zechariah 9:9; Luke 23:28
because
58:10; 137:8,9; Judges 5:31; 2 Chronicles 20:26,27; Revelation 15:4; 16:5-7; 18:20; Revelation 19:1-3
Reciprocal: Judges 5:2 - for the avenging; 1 Chronicles 16:14 - his judgments; Job 22:19 - righteous; Psalm 7:7 - So; Psalm 9:16 - known; Psalm 35:9 - General; Psalm 69:35 - build; Psalm 87:3 - Glorious; Psalm 105:7 - judgments; Psalm 106:5 - rejoice; Psalm 119:164 - because; Psalm 147:13 - he hath; Song of Solomon 3:11 - O ye; Isaiah 35:1 - be; Jeremiah 49:2 - her daughters; Revelation 19:7 - be glad

Verse 12

Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
Walk
Nehemiah 12:31-40; Matthew 24:1,2
tell
Isaiah 33:18-20
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 5:7 - Zion; 1 Chronicles 11:5 - the castle; Isaiah 26:1 - salvation; Isaiah 33:20 - Look; Ezekiel 21:20 - the defenced; Micah 4:8 - O tower; Zephaniah 1:16 - and against; Zechariah 2:5 - a wall

Verse 13

Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
Mark ye well
Heb. Set your heart to. consider. or, raise up.
Isaiah 58:12; Amos 9:11; Acts 15:14-16
that ye
71:18; 78:4; Deuteronomy 11:19; Joel 1:3
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 11:5 - the castle; Psalm 78:6 - That; Isaiah 33:20 - Look; Ezekiel 21:20 - the defenced; Micah 4:8 - O tower; Zephaniah 1:16 - and against; Haggai 1:5 - Consider your ways

Verse 14

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
this God
16:2; 31:14; 73:24,26; Lamentations 3:21
guide
23:3,4; 25:9; 73:24; Proverbs 8:20; Isaiah 58:11; John 16:13 Reciprocal: Genesis 24:48 - led me; Numbers 9:22 - abode; 2 Samuel 7:24 - art become; 2 Chronicles 32:22 - guided; Psalm 50:3 - Our; Psalm 67:6 - our own; Psalm 91:2 - my God; Psalm 95:7 - For he; Song of Solomon 2:16 - beloved; Isaiah 46:4 - even to hoar; Jeremiah 3:4 - the guide; Jeremiah 31:1 - will; Ezekiel 48:35 - The Lord; Micah 4:5 - the name; Matthew 2:22 - being; John 20:17 - your God; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 - our God; Revelation 4:9 - who

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 48". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-48.html.