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It is the Lord's peculiar work to divide people into their respective ranks, distinguishing one from another, as seemeth good to him, all men being on a level by nature. A Psalm. P.B.V. Bible > Bible Commentary; Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; Psalm; Psalm 87; John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes << Psalm 86 | Psalm 87 | Psalm 88 >> (Read all of Psalm 87) Verse 1 [1] His foundation is in the holy mountains. Psalm 87:2. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on [618]Ps 46:1, title]. A song. Commentary on Psalm 90:1-6 (Read Psalm 90:1-6) It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentence passed on Israel in the wilderness, Numbers 14. By David’s time it seems they served in the musical aspect of the temple worship (2 Chronicles 20:19). New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Study Edition) Psalm 87:1-7 Of the sons of Korʹah. 2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. He adds, "The phrase, wells of salvation, occurs in Isaiah 12:3, the Hebrew word being the same as that which, in our two English versions of the Psalms, is translated springs and fountains." His foundations are in the holy mountains. That it may not be thought that the prosperity of the Church is of such a perishable and transitory nature, it is declared, that the Most High himself will establish her It is not surprising, as if it had been said, to find other cities shaken, and subject from time to time to a variety of vicissitudes; for they are carried round with the world in its revolutions, and do not enjoy everlasting defenders. In the records of heaven, the meanest of those who are born again stand registered. (2.) Dimock objects to this, observing that Christ was not born at Jerusalem. [504] "Afin que les fideles en chantant Pseaumes et Cantiques monstrent la souvenance qu'ils ont des benefices receus, et luy en facent recognoissance." They are described as uniting in a joyful song of praise and thanksgiving; and the burden of their song is, All my springs are in thee.' Selah. 2. 87 His foundation is in the holy mountains. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. (4-7) 1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. Psalm 87. Psalm 87. The foregoing psalm was very plain and easy, but in this are things dark and hard to be understood. Psalm 87:4. Selah. The condition upon which Christ espouses the faithful to himself is, that they should forget their own people and their father's house, (Psalm 45:11,) and that, being formed into new creatures, and born again of incorruptible seed, they should begin to be the children of God as well as of the Church, (Galatians 4:19.) Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, written by 29 eminent scholars, is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries Psalm 87 Bible Commentary. Though no man cared for her (Jer. (1-3) It is filled with the Divine blessing. [499] Selah. God was worshipped in the dwellings of Jacob, and family-worship is family-duty, which must by no means be neglected; yet, when they come in competition, public worship (caeteris paribus—other things being equal) is to be preferred before private. Chapter 87. more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible PSALM 87 GLORIOUS THINGS OF THEE ARE SPOKEN The title we have chosen here is the title of a famous hymn which is founded upon this psalm. [502] Horsley, who takes this view, translates -- "And every one shall say of Zion, He was born there:" on which he has the following note: -- "Unusquisque, every one. 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Psalm 87-89. But some give another sense of it, supposing that it is a prophecy or promise of bringing the Gentiles into the church and of uniting them in one body with the Jews. That God had expressed a particular affection for it (v. 2): The Lord loveth the gates of Zion, of the temple, of the houses of doctrine (so the Chaldee), more than all the dwellings of Jacob, whether in Jerusalem or any where else in the country. The favour and protection of God are the only sure rest and comfort of the soul in this evil world. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God! So God says; he has deposited treasures of grace in his holy ordinances; there are the springs from which those streams take rise which make glad the city of our God, Ps. Scarcely, say they, will there be found among the Tyrians, the Egyptians, the Ethiopians, and other nations, a man to each of them worthy of praise; so that if such an one be found among them, he may be pointed at with the finger, on account of his rarity; but in Zion man and man shall be born; [500] that is to say, the number of such men among the Jews shall be great. It is an encomium of Zion, as a type and figure of the gospel-church, to which what is here spoken is very applicable. Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest condition, nor of those that belong to it, since such glorious things are spoken of it. Walford connects the two clauses in the same manner, "They sing with musical instruments, All my springs are in thee.'" Psalm 87:1. Psalm 87:3. The first of these interpretations being altogether forced, needs no refutation. Psalm 87 . All of them shall voluntarily renounce their own countries in which they had before proudly boasted. Some make the first words of the psalm to be part of the title; it is a psalm or song whose subject is the holy mountains—the temple built in Zion upon Mount Moriah. Psalm 87. This is the foundation of the argument, or beginning of the psalm. For the director of music. The Glories of the City of God - A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible Hi, Sign out Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest condition, nor of those that belong to it, since such glorious things are spoken of it. Even here it was not Joseph or the richness of nature; God was its riches, its place the holy mountains, what was consecrated to Himself. "(Isaiah 60:4). [495] "Il est advenu desja de pieca." Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. The foundation is upon the mountains. Note, (1.) Although Zion was not the place of their natural birth, but they were to be grafted into the body of the holy people by adoption; yet as the way by which we enter into the Church is a second birth, this form of expression is used with great propriety. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God! Bible > Bible Commentary; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David; Psalm; Psalm 87; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David << Psalm 86 | Psalm 87 | Psalm 88 >> (Read all of Psalm 87) Exposition - Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher - Works Upon This Psalm TITLE. [500] "These nations, as amongst those best known to the Jews, typify the entire Gentile world; and are intended to declare the accession of all the earth to the faith of Christianity." Looking ahead at the Holy City of our God in eternity, it is a beautiful picture of community. Psalms 87. (4-7) 1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. Psalm 87:2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. [502]. Of Zion it shall be said by all her neighbours that this and that man were born in her, many men of renown for wisdom and piety, and especially for acquaintance with the words of God and the visions of the Almighty—many prophets and kings, who should be greater favourites of heaven, and greater blessings to the earth, than ever were bred in Egypt or Babylon. 2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. But as this might be considered unsupported by the usage of the Hebrew term, I am rather inclined to adopt, as most suitable to the subject in hand, the opinion that lookings is the proper translation, the root of the word signifying an eye. Christ is the true temple; all our springs are in him, and from him all our streams flow. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes: for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited." I will make mention of Rahab, [497] and Babel among them that know me: behold the Philistines, and Tyre, with Ethiopia, [498] he is born there! Selah. It is owned that other places have their glories (v. 4): "I will make mention of Rahab" (that is, Egypt) "and Babylon, to those that know me and are about me, and with whom I discourse about public affairs; behold Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia" (or rather Arabia), "we will observe that this man was born there; here and there one famous man, eminent for knowledge and virtue, may be produced, that was a native of these countries; here and there one that becomes a proselyte and worshipper of the true God." more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. Some Jewish interpreters have thought it most probable that this opening sentence is to be referred to the psalm itself; and, accordingly, they explain foundations as denoting metaphorically the theme, or subject of the poem, because it treats of the holy city Jerusalem, which was situated upon mountains. 46:4. The exposition of the Christian doctors is, at first sight, plausible from its ingenuity; but it is destitute of solidity. 4. We are, at the same time, taught that the cause to which we are to trace the sudden elevation of these aliens to so great honor, is the favor of God. Words in boxes are from the Bible. Zion is God’s elect city (verses 1-3), a place where even the Gentiles are gathered (verses 4-6), and the source of new life in God’s kingdom (verse 7). Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 87 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. Psalm 87 Bible Commentary. By the way, we should remember the difference which the Apostle sets forth as subsisting between the earthly Jerusalem, -- which, being herself a bondwoman, brings forth children also in bondage, -- and the heavenly Jerusalem, which brings forth free children by the instrumentality of the Gospel. Exposition. This passage is to be understood as referring to effectual calling. The greatest honour that ever was put upon the Jewish nation was, that of them, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, Rom. 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Three things are here observed, in praise of the temple:-1. All our affections are then settled on the Church, when, gathered in from the vague and vain objects by which they are distracted, and regarding with indifference the honors, pleasures, riches, and pageantries of the world, they find enough to engage and satisfy them in the spiritual glory of Christ's kingdom, and in that alone. A Song. A PSALM. When God renders to every man according to his works, he shall observe who enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. There is this difference, which is always to be remembered, that while other cities were founded and built by the guidance and power of God, merely for the sake of civil government, Jerusalem was his peculiar sanctuary, and his royal seat. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalms 87 and more! Glorious Things of You Are Spoken. It had been stated in the preceding verse, that the Chaldeans and Egyptians would be added to the household of the Church; and that the Ethiopians, Philistines, and Tyrians, would be enrolled among her children. A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. He is indeed the founder of other cities also; yet we do not read of him saying with respect to any other city, "This is my rest for ever; here will I dwell; for I have desired it," (Psalm 132:14.). Selah. Bible > Bible Commentary; Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown; Psalm; Psalm 87; Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown << Psalm 86 | Psalm 87 | Psalm 88 >> (Read all of Psalm 87) Ps 87:1-7. God promised that even among the rivals there would be those who know Me– those who have true relationship with Him. -- Fr. Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. A Song. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. 87 His foundation is in the holy mountains. [496] As examples of this, see 2 Samuel 1:19, 25; Psalm 114:2; Song of Solomon 1:2; Isaiah 23:1; Isaiah 26:1, 3; 30:4; 41:2; 55:4; Jeremiah 33:2; Lamentations 3:1; Nahum 1:8. A man, a man was born in her, by which some understand Christ, that man, that son of man, who is fairer than the children of men; he was born at Bethlehem near Zion, and was the glory of his people Israel. Psalm 87:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6. The prophet Isaiah describes more at length what is here promised, in a few words, "Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion above all the dwellings of Jacob. It is built firmly; the mountains are rocky, and on a rock the church is built. Selah. It is proved that the glory of Zion outshines them all, upon many accounts; for, (1.) 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God! All my springs are in thee, O Zion! Before the rest of the land of Canaan, as being crowned with special tokens of God’s favour (v. 1-3). Nor is the word born inappropriately employed to express the fact, that the Egyptians, Chaldeans, and such like, shall be of the flock of God's people. 4. -- Fr. 3 Glorious things are said of you, city of God: # 87:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6. In Praise of Jerusalem#Ps 87 hebrew title: A psalm by the clan of Korah; a song. The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Babel, the chief cit… Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Of the Sons of Korah. On the holy mount stands the city he founded; 2. the L ord loves the gates of Zion. 24:2), which are continually ebbing and flowing, and are a very weak foundation; Babel was built in a plain, where the ground was rotten. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 87. www.easyenglish.bible. 60:1]; See Isa. Psalm 87, another Korahite psalm in the final cluster of Book III, is a song of Zion—yet a remarkably unusual one in that other nations are included in the ranks of Zion’s citizenry. 6 The Lord will recount, when he writeth the peoples. Wherever they may have been born, whether in Palestine, or Ethiopia, or Tyre, they shall profess themselves citizens of the holy city. Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest condition, nor of any that belong to it, nor disown our relation to it, though it be turned ever so much to our reproach, since such glorious things are spoken of it, and not on iota or tittle of what is said shall fall to the ground. The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 1 He has founded his city on the holy mountain. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: This psalm is a community lament in which the psalmist recounts blessings conferred on the people by the Lord (vv. The words clearly imply, that whatever nation men may belong to, they shall willingly renounce their own country, to be enrolled in the Register of the chosen people. Of the Sons of Korah. everyone there is talking about you! Here we are taught that all the excellence of the holy city depended on the free choice which God had made of it. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. -- Fr. Or we may suppose the psalmist had now the tabernacle or temple in view and was contemplating the glories of it, and at length he breaks out into this expression, which has reference, though not to what he had written before, yet to what he had thought of; every one knew what he meant when he said thus abruptly, Its foundation is in the holy mountains. Zion is God’s elect city (verses 1-3), a place where even the Gentiles are gathered (verses 4-6), and the source of new life in God’s kingdom (verse 7). 54:10. The increase, honour, and comfort of the members thereof. The LORD built his city on the sacred hill;#.1 sacred hill: See 2.6. more than any other place in Israelhe loves the Some by the mountains understand Moriah and Zion, [496] which were the two tops of a mountain cleft into two, but this is too forced. Another figure is however employed, which is, that strangers by birth shall be accounted among the holy people, just as if they were descended from Abraham. 1 On m the holy mount n stands the city he founded; 2 the Lord o loves the gates of Zion . It is therefore said that those who formerly were deadly enemies, or entire strangers, shall not only become familiar friends, but shall also be ingrafted into one body, that they may be accounted citizens of Jerusalem. And the singers as the players upon instruments: all my springs are in thee. ‘herfoundation’ is untenable. 2:19. In the second part of the verse, there is expressed the stability and enduring character of Zion. His foundation is in the holy mountains. Here the question is not about earthly polity, but spiritual government; for the pure religion, and the true worship of God, and the doctrine of godliness, were at that time to be found nowhere but in Jerusalem. [499] "Ethiopia, the land of Cush, which was in Arabia." It is asserted, in the 4th verse, That new citizens shall be gathered into the Church of God from different parts of the world; and here the same subject is prosecuted. 2. The Highest himself shall undertake to establish her, who can do it effectually; the accession of proselytes out of various nations shall be so far from occasioning discord and division that it shall contribute greatly to Zion’s strength; for, God himself having founded her upon an everlasting foundation, whatever convulsions and revolutions there are of states and kingdoms, and however heaven and earth may be shaken, these are things which cannot be shaken, but must remain. Some make the first words of the psalm to be part of the title it is a psalm or song whose subject is the holy mountains--the temple built in Zion upon Mount Moriah. Loves it far better than all the homes of Jacob put together! 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Verse 2 [2] The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. That there was much said concerning it in the word of God (v. 3): Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God! more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. 4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babel. 5. was for the sons of *Korah. 5 And it shall be said of Zion, Man and man is born in her. The conjecture is unnecessary, and though the combination of Psalm 87:1-2would give a good parallelism, the Ancient Versions support the division of the Massoretic Text, and the abrupt beginning is in accordance with the terse oracular style of the Psalm. b. Their attention, there can be no doubt, is called away from the present aspect of things, and directed to the promises which inspired them with the hope of the wonderful glory with which she should be adorned. 1. Farther, he attributes to the divine favor and adoption whatever excellence it possessed above other places. The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob - That is, he preferred Zion for his habitation, to be the place of his temple and sanctuary, before any other place in the promised land. Psalm 87 Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. 87. 4 “I will record Rahab # 87:4 A poetic name for Egypt and Babylon. The world is founded upon the seas (Ps. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 3 Glorious things are said of you, city of God: # 87:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6. The church has a foundation, so that it cannot sink or totter; Christ himself is the foundation of it, which God has laid. II. Commentary on Psalm 119:1-8 (Read Psalm 119:1-8) This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. -- Williams. + A melody. God had said concerning Zion, This is my rest for ever; here will I dwell. more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest condition, nor of those that belong to it, since such glorious things are spoken of it. Its foundation — The foundation of the temple of God. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. [494] "Lesquels surmontoyent de beaucoup toute la gloire, toutes les richesses et magnificences et les precieux ornemens du monde." In the records of heaven, the meanest of those who are born again stand registered. Psalm 87 Psa 87:1 SUPERSCRIPTION: "OF THE SONS OF KORAH. Moreover, the prophet shows his singular love to the Church, and the singular care and zeal which he exercised about her, to encourage and stir up all the godly, by his example, to cultivate and manifest the same zeal, agreeably to what is stated in another psalm, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem! Zion, for the temple's sake, is here preferred, I. It being quite a common thing among the Hebrews to put a relative without its antecedent, [495] this manner of speaking ought not to seem harsh or strange. Zion’s songs shall be sung with joy and triumph: As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there to praise God, v. 7. The name of Rahab is put for Egypt in many other parts of Scripture; and this signification is very suitable to the present passage, the object of which is to portray the magnificent amplitude of the Church, which as yet was only matter of hope. Every one shall confess, to the honor of the Israelites, that the Savior was a native Jew." This is probably the name of the *musicians in the The *temple was the house of God … It is as if the Psalmist had said, I will always be earnestly looking, as it were, with fixed eyes upon thee. A psalm. 7:16. Title. A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.. 3. LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. Psalm 87: This Song of Zion speaks prophetically of the time when Zion really will be the center of the universal kingdom of the Messiah. Those who conceive that Jerusalem is here meant, as if it were said to be founded upon the holy mountains, are in my judgment mistaken; for the relative is in the masculine gender. God says, "I will reckon Egypt and Babylon with those that know me. 46:4 city of God. There he met his people, and conversed with them, received their homage, and showed them the tokens of his favour, and therefore we may conclude how well he loves those gates. Zion’s sons shall be registered with honour (v. 6): "The Lord shall count, when he writes up the people, and takes a catalogue of his subjects, that this man was born there, and so is a subject by birth, by the first birth, being born in his house—by the second birth, being born again of his Spirit." In putting Zion for Jerusalem, and the gates for the whole compass of the city, there is a double synecdoche. In the first clause it is said, I will make mention of Egypt and Babylon among my household. Commentary on Psalm 90:1-6 (Read Psalm 90:1-6) It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentence passed on Israel in the wilderness, Numbers 14. But the church is built upon the everlasting mountains and the perpetual hills; for sooner shall the mountains depart, and the hills be removed, than the covenant of God’s peace shall be disannulled, and on that the church is built, Isa. Psalm 87:1. or Song for the sons of Korah.>> His foundation is in the holy mountains. 19:23–25. Psalms 87 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is written by one of the most influential men of the modern Christianity movement. Psalm 87, another Korahite psalm in the final cluster of Book III, is a song of Zion—yet a remarkably unusual one in that other nations are included in the ranks of Zion’s citizenry. Christ Jesus is the refuge and dwelling-place to which we may repair. A psalm. "The persons who are here said to sing," he observes, "accompanied by musical instruments, are the people spoken of in verse 6. The city of our God – Jerusalem is the place where God set forth His redemptive work. Zion’s interest shall be strengthened and settled by an almighty power. 6. Hints to the Village Preacher. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is an encomium of Zion, as a type and figure of the gospel-church, to which what is here spoken is very applicable. A psalm or song for the sons of Korah.. 1 His foundation is in the holy mountains. As far as our views, desires, and affections agree with what is here expressed, they come from the influences of the Holy Spirit, and no further. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on Ps 46:1, title]. Psalm 88 - A song. But it is unnecessary for me to say any thing to prove what is apparent to all, that this exposition is forced. (4-7) 1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. A SONG." Selah. 30:17, "This is Zion whom no man seeketh after"), yet God had done great things for her, and spoken glorious things of her, which should all have their perfection and accomplishment in the gospel-church; to that therefore we must have an eye in singing this psalm. When God renders to every man according to his works, he shall observe who enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. Selah . As the country was mountainous, we are rather to understand the prophet as having in his eye the several neighboring and contiguous mountains which formed a chain around Jerusalem; for we will see in another place that Jerusalem was surrounded by mountains, (Psalm 125:2.) (1-3) It is filled with the Divine blessing. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 87 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. The word springs is, beyond all controversy, to be here taken metaphorically; but interpreters are not agreed as to the explanation of the metaphor. 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