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Psalms 48:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, The city of the great King.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion [in] the far north, The city of the great King.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Beautiful in elevation, the joy of all the land, Is Mount Zion, in the recesses of the north,—The city of a great king.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Beautiful [for] elevation, A joy of all the land, [is] Mount Zion, The sides of the north, the city of a great king.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— With the joy of the whole earth is mount Sion founded, on the sides of the north, the city of the great king.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Beautifull for situation, the ioy of the whole earth is mout Sion, [on] the sides of the North, the citie of the great King.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The city of the great King is well planted [on] the mountains of Zion{gr.Sion}, with the joy of the whole earth, [on] the sides of the north.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Tziyyon, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Beautiful 3303
{3303} Prime
יָפֶה
yapheh
{yaw-feh'}
From H3302; beautiful (literally of figuratively).
for situation, 5131
{5131} Prime
נוֹף
nowph
{nofe}
From H5130; elevation.
the joy 4885
{4885} Prime
מָשׂוֹשׂ
masows
{maw-soce'}
From H7797; delight, concretely (the cause or object) or abstractly (the feeling).
of the whole x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
earth, 776
{0776} Prime
אֶרֶץ
'erets
{eh'-rets}
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
[is] mount 2022
{2022} Prime
הַר
har
{har}
A shortened form of H2042; a mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively).
Xiyyn צִיּוֹן, 6726
{6726} Prime
צִיּוֹן
Tsiyown
{tsee-yone'}
The same (regular) as H6725; Tsijon (as a permanent capital), a mountain of Jerusalem.
[on] the sides 3411
{3411} Prime
יַרְכָה
y@rekah
{yer-ay-kaw'}
Feminine of H3409; properly the flank; but used only figuratively, the rear or recess.
of the north, 6828
{6828} Prime
צָפוֹן
tsaphown
{tsaw-fone'}
From H6845; properly hidden, that is, dark; used only of the north as a quarter (gloomy and unknown).
the city 7151
{7151} Prime
קִרְיָה
qiryah
{kir-yaw'}
From H7136 in the sense of flooring, that is, building; a city.
of the great 7227
{7227} Prime
רַב
rab
{rab}
By contraction from H7231; abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality).
King. 4428
{4428} Prime
מֶּלֶךְ
melek
{meh'-lek}
From H4427; a king.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 48:2-3

_ _ situation — literally, “elevation.”

_ _ joy of, etc. — 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 Isaiah 14:13).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 48:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 48:2

The joy — This is spoken prophetically, because the joyful doctrine of the gospel was to go from thence to all nations. The city — Of God, who justly calls himself a great king.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 48:2

Beautiful for situation, the (c) joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

(c) Because the word of salvation came there to all who would believe.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Beautiful:

Psalms 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?
Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant [land].
Daniel 11:16 But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.

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. ... Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
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:
Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

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:

Psalms 47:7-8 For God [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. ... God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
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.
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Ps 47:7; 50:2. Is 14:13; 60:15; 66:10. Jr 3:19. Lm 2:15. Ezk 20:6. Dn 8:9; 11:16. Mal 1:14; 3:12. Mt 5:35. He 12:22.

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