1: Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the town of our God, in his holy mountain. 2: 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. 3: In its buildings God is seen to be a high tower. 4: For see! the kings came together by agreement, they were joined together. 5: They saw it, and so were full of wonder; they were troubled, and went quickly away in fear. 6: Shaking came on them and pain, as on a woman in childbirth. 7: By you the ships of Tarshish are broken as by an east wind. 8: As it came to our ears so have we seen it, in the town of the Lord of armies, in the town of our God; God will keep it fixed for ever. (Selah.) 9: Our thoughts were of your mercy, O God, while we were in your Temple. 10: As your name is, O God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth; your right hand is full of righteousness. 11: Let there be joy in the mountain of Zion, and let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your wise decisions. 12: Make your way about Zion, and go round it, numbering its towers. 13: Take note of its strong walls, looking well at its fair buildings; so that you may give word of it to the generation which comes after. 14: Because this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide.