Behold The Mountain Of The Lord is what was known as a paraphrase, a portion of scripture that was not a Psalm but was versified so as to be sung.
It was part of the service at Scots’ Church in Melbourne this morning.
The lyrics are based on Isaiah 2:2-6.
Mount Gambier has a monument to its European settlers which features a plough in reference to these verses.
This version differs from the lyrics below a little bit, more towards the end.
This is a more contemporary sounding rendition. The phrasing is very challenging.
Behold! the mountain of the Lord
in latter days shall rise
on mountain tops above the hills,
and draw the wondering eyes.
To this the joyful nations round,
all tribes and tongues, shall flow;
up to the hill of God, they’ll say,
and to his house we’ll go.
The beam that shines from Zion hill
shall lighten every land;
the King who reigns in Salem’s towers
shall all the world command.
Among the nations he shall judge;
his judgements truth shall guide;
his sceptre shall protect the just,
and quell the sinner’s pride.
No strife shall rage, nor hostile feuds
disturb those peaceful years;
to ploughshares men shall beat their swords,
to pruning-hooks their spears.
No longer hosts, encountering hosts,
shall crowds of slain deplore:
they hang the trumpet in the hall,
and study war no more.
Come then, O house of Jacob! come
to worship at his shrine;
and, walking in the light of God,
with holy beauties shine.