1 Great is JEHOVAH! greatly He
Is to be prais'd on high,
Within the city of our God,
his mount of sanctity.
2 How beauteously mount Zion stands?
her northern sides how fair?
She is the joy of all the earth;
the great King's city there!
3 GOD in her palaces is known
to be a refuge high.
4 For lo, the kings assembled were,
but pass'd together by.
5 They saw, and so they marvelled,
they dare not near her stay;
But troubled and affrighted were,
and hast'ned fast away.
6 Yea then such terror seiz'd on them,
such painful agonies,
As when a lab'ring woman when
her pangs upon her seize.
7 As when Thou raisest eastern storms
on the tumultuous sea,
Thou didst the ships of Tarshish break
and drive our foes away.
8 In city of the LORD of hosts,
we see, as we were told
In our God's city, that our GOD
will ever her uphold. (Selah)
9 O GOD our tho'ts are oft employ'd
on thy beningity;
But most of all when we are in
thy house of sanctity.
10 For as thy name, O GOD, so through
the earth extends thy praise;
And thy right hand we know is full
of righteousness always.
11 O let mount Zion joyful be,
and Judah's daughters glad;
Because of all thy judgments now,
so wondrously display'd.
12 Walk forth and compass Zion round,
and all about her go;
Her stately tow'rs distinctly count
and all their numbers know.
13 Attentively her bulwarks mark,
her palaces view well:
That to the age to come ye may
her strength and beauty tell.
14 Because this GOD is our's; our God
For evermore is he;
Therefore our never-failing guide,
He ev'n to death will be.