Portions of the psalm are used or referenced in several Jewish prayers. Verse 8 is the ninth verse of V'hu Rachum in Pesukei Dezimra, and is also a part of Uva Letzion. Verse 12 is part of Havdalah. Yemenite Jews include it as part of Yehi Kivod.
Martin Luther wrote and composed a hymn which paraphrases Psalm 46, called A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.
Shakespeare's alleged involvement
For several decades a popular rumor has persisted that William Shakespeare placed his mark on the translated text of Psalm 46 that appears in the King James Bible, although scholars view this as unlikely. By coincidence, the 46th word from the beginning of Psalm 46 is "shake" and the 46th word from the end (omitting the liturgical mark "Selah") is "spear". Shakespeare was in King James' service during the preparation of the King James Bible, and he was 46 years old in 1611 when the translation was completed.
This observation is related to the Bible code, a purported collection of hidden message in the Bible.
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