Psalm 47

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General information

Psalm 47 is particularly associated with the feast of the Ascension: in particular, verse 5, 'Ascendit Deus' is used in the Latin Missal, and the Book of Common Prayer specifies the psalm as proper for Evensong on Ascension-Day. The psalm is also specified in the Book of Common Prayer for use at Evening Prayer on the 9th day of the month.

Settings by composers

See also Ascendit Deus in jubilatione for settings of v. 5 as the offertory for Ascension and Easter VII.  

Text and translations

Clementine Vulgate (Psalm 46)

Latin.png Latin text

1  In finem,pro filiis Core. Psalmus.
2  Omnes gentes, plaudite manibus; jubilate Deo in voce exsultationis:
3  quoniam Dominus excelsus, terribilis, rex magnus super omnem terram.
4  Subjecit populos nobis, et gentes sub pedibus nostris.
5  Elegit nobis haereditatem suam; speciem Jacob quam dilexit.
6  Ascendit Deus in jubilo, et Dominus in voce tubae.
7  Psallite Deo nostro, psallite; psallite regi nostro, psallite;
8  quoniam rex omnis terrae Deus, psallite sapienter.
9  Regnabit Deus super gentes; Deus sedet super sedem sanctam suam.
10  Principes populorum congregati sunt cum Deo Abraham,
quoniam dii fortes terrae vehementer elevati sunt.

Church of England 1662 Book of Common Prayer

English.png English text

  To the end, for the sons of Core. A psalm.
1  O clap your hands together, all ye people: O sing unto God with the voice of melody.
2  For the Lord is high, and to be feared: he is the great King upon all the earth.
3  He shall subdue the people under us: and the nations under our feet.
4  He shall choose out an heritage for us: even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved.
5  God is gone up with a merry noise: and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.
6  O sing praises, sing praises unto our God: O sing praises, sing praises unto our King.
7  For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
8  God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon his holy seat.
9  The princes of the people are joined unto the people of the God of Abraham:
for God, which is very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a shield.

Metrical 'Old Version' (John Hopkins)

English.png English text

1  Ye people all, with one accord
Clap hands, shout, and rejoice,
Be glad, and sing unto the Lord
With sweet and pleasant voice;

2  For high the Lord and dreadful is,
His wonders manifold.
A mighty King he is likewise
In all the earth extoll'd.

3  The people shall he make to be
Unto our bondage thrall,
And underneath our feet shall he
The nations make to fall:

4  For us the heritage he chose,
Which we possess alone;
The excellency of Jacob,
His well-beloved one.

5  Our God ascended up on high
With joy and pleasant noise;
The Lord goes up above the sky
With trumpet's royal voice.

6  Sing praises to our God, sing praise,
Sing praises to our King;
For God is King of all the earth,
All skilful praises sing.

7  God o'er the heathen reigns, and sits
Upon his holy throne;
The princes of the people have
Them joined every one

8  To Abraham's people: for our God,
Who is exalted high,
As with a buckler doth defend
The earth continually.

Metrical 'New Version' (Tate/Brady)

English.png English text

1-2  O all ye people, clap your hands,
And with triumphant voices sing;
No force the mighty power withstands
Of God, the universal King.

3-4  He shall opposing nations quell,
And with success our battles fight,
Shall fix the place where we must dwell,
The pride of Jacob, his delight.

5-6  God is gone up, our Lord and King,
With shouts of joy and trumpet's sound;
To him repeated praises sing,
And let the cheerful song go round.

7-8  Your utmost skill in praise be shown,
For him, who all the world commands;
Who sits upon his righteous throne,
And spreads his sway o'er heathen lands.

9  Our chiefs and tribes that far from hence,
To serve the God of Abr'am came,
Found him their constant sure defence:
How great and glorious is his name!

Metrical paraphrase by Isaac Watts

English.png English text

1  O for a shout of sacred joy
To God the sov'reign king!
Let every land their tongues employ,
And hymns of triumph sing.

2  Jesus our God ascends on high;
His heav'nly guards around
Attend him rising through the sky,
With trumpets' joyful sound.

3  While angels shout and praise their king,
Let mortals learn their strains;
Let all the earth his honour sing;
O'er all the earth he reigns.

4  Rehearse his praise with awe profound,
Let knowledge lead the song,
Nor mock him with a solemn sound
Upon a thoughtless tongue.

5  In Israel stood his ancient throne,
He lov'd that chosen race;
But now he calls the world his own,
And heathens taste his grace.

6  The British islands are the Lord's,
There Abraham's God is known,
While pow'rs, and princes, shields and swords,
Submit before his throne.

Unidentified Korean version

Korean.png Korean translation

1 너희 만민아, 손뼉을 쳐라. 하나님께 기쁨의 함성을 외쳐라.
2 주님은 두려워할 지존자이시며, 온 땅을 다스리는 크고도 큰 왕이시다.
3 만민을 우리에게 복종케 하시고, 뭇 나라를 우리 발 아래 무릎 꿇게 하신다.
4 그분이 사랑하신 야곱의 그 자랑거리, 우리가 사는 이 땅을 우리에게 유산으로 주셨다.
5 하나님이 보좌에 오르신다. 환호하는 함성이 울려 퍼진다. 주님이 보좌에 오르신다. 나팔 소리 크게 울려 퍼진다.
6 시로 하나님을 찬양하여라. 시로 찬양하여라. 시로 우리의 왕을 찬양하여라. 시로 찬양하여라.
7 하나님은 온 땅의 왕이시니, 찬양의 시로 노래하여라.
8 하나님은 뭇 나라를 다스리는 왕이시다. 하나님이 그의 거룩한 보좌에 앉으셨다.
9 온 백성의 통치자들이 아브라함의 하나님의 백성과 더불어 모였다. 열강의 군왕들은 모두 주님께 속하였다. 하나님은 지존하시다.

Káldi fordítás (46. zsoltár)

Hungarian.png Hungarian translation

Végig, zsoltár Kóre fiainak
Minden nemzetek! tapsoljatok kézzel; örvendezzetek az Úrnak vigaság szavával.
Mert az Úr fölséges, rettenetes; nagy király az egész földön.
Alánk vetette a népeket, és a pogányokat lábaink alá;
közöttünk választotta örökségét, Jákob szépségét, melyet szeret.
Fölment az Isten örvendezéssel, az Úr harsonaszóval.
Énekeljetek a mi Istenünknek, énekeljetek; énekeljetek a mi királyunknak, énekeljetek.
Mert az egész föld királya az Isten; énekeljetek bölcseséggel.
Isten országol a pogányokon; Isten az ő szent székében ül.
A föld népeinek fejedelmei Ábrahám Istenéhez gyűlnek; mert a föld erős istenei igen fölemelkednek.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Alle volken, klap in je handen, juich voor God met een stem vol vreugde:
want de allerhoogste Heer is ontzagwekkend, een groot koning over de hele aarde.
Hij heeft volken aan ons onderworpen en
heidenvolken aan onze voeten gebracht.
Hij heeft voor ons uit zijn erfenis gekozen: de luister van Jacob, die hij zo liefhad.
God is opgestegen onder gejuich en de Heer onder trompetgeschal.
Zing voor onze God, zing; zing voor onze koning, zing,
want God is de koning van de hele aarde: zing een feestelijk lied.
God heerst over de heidenvolken; God zit op zijn heilige troon.
De vorsten van de volken zijn samengekomen rondom de God van Abraham,
want de sterke machthebbers zijn ver verheven boven de aarde.

Translation by Anton Hendriks, Ben Terstegge & Hanneke Pot