The worthies of the church far exceed those of heathen nations, and their names will shine brighter than in perpetual records. 9:5. Hints to the Village Preacher. [498] Rahab is a poetical name of Egypt, (Isaiah 30:7; Isaiah 51:9; Psalm 87:4; Psalm 89:11.) 5. Psalm 87-89. The reading literally is, That which is spoken in thee are glorious things. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. God says, "I will reckon Egypt and Babylon with those that know me. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, As well the singers as the players on instruments, or Song for the sons of Korah.>> His foundation. A SONG." 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. In Praise of Jerusalem#Ps 87 hebrew title: A psalm by the clan of Korah; a song. The Glories of the City of God - A Psalm of the sons of Korah. [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. This, then, is a confirmation of what was spoken before concerning the glorious restoration of Zion; for by the greatness of the joy, and the manifold harmony and melody of praises, is portrayed the happiness which shall prevail in the midst of it. A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. 5 And it shall be said of Zion, Man and man is born in her. A Gentile convert shall stand upon a level with a native Jew; compare Isa. Beautiful for situation is Mount Zion, Ps. Or this also may be applied to the conversion of the Gentiles. 54:10. by Hank Workman. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.] This is probably the name of the *musicians in the The *temple was the house of God … Note, (1.) A Korah Psalm He founded Zion on the Holy Mountain— and oh, how GOD loves his home! 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. 19:23–25. Let us now inquire what is meant by the other clause, The singers as the players upon instruments. Psalm 87. And it shall be said of Zion, Man and man is born in her: and the Most High himself will establish her. When God renders to every man according to his works, he shall observe who enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. 3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. The glory of the church. 3 He speaks of glory for you, city of God, (a) God chose that place among the hills to establish Jerusalem and his temple.87:3 b Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. 60:1]; See Isa. Zion shall produce many great and good men that shall be famous in their generation, v. 5. 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. 3 p Glorious things of you are spoken, O q city of God. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 87 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. 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 foundation is upon the holy mountains. A Song. It is an encomium of Zion, as a type and figure of the gospel-church, to which what is here spoken is very applicable. (1-3) It is filled with the Divine blessing. 42, title the Sons of Korah. 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. 87:1 «A Psalm [or] Song for the sons of Korah.» His a foundation [is] in the holy mountains. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. 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. 4 “I will record Rahab # 87:4 A poetic name for Egypt and Babylon. The true and natural meaning then is, that God chose the holy mountains in order to found and erect his city in the midst of them. 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. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy." The foregoing psalm was very plain and easy, but in this are things dark and hard to be understood. 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. 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. 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. 87. [493] "Que des le ventre de sa mere il est serviteur domestique de Dieu, et comme nay d'un sien serviteur en la maison." Psalm 87:4. Gordon Churchyard. Men had cities, and boasted of them; but God had a city He founded in the holy mountains. 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. 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. Psalm 87:2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. The translated Bible text has yet to go through Advanced Checking. And, in the 44th chapter, at the 5th verse, we meet with almost the same language as in the passage before us, or at least what comes very near to it: "One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel." 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. That it was founded on the holy mountains, v. 1. Verses 1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. (a) God chose that place among the hills to establish Jerusalem and his temple.87:3 b Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this, Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible by Matthew Henry [1706], or Song for the sons of Korah.>> His foundation. Commentary on Psalm 84:8-12 (Read Psalm 84:8-12 ) In all our addresses to God, we must desire that he would look on Christ, his Anointed One, and accept us for his sake: we must look to Him with faith, and then God will with favour look upon the face of the Anointed: we, without him, dare not show our faces. Now, it is added, by way of confirmation, that the number of the new progeny shall be exceeding great, so that the city which had been for a time uninhabited, and afterwards only half filled with a few people, shall be crowded with a vast population. 2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion. 4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babel. Although, therefore, nothing appeared to the eye of sense and reason, calculated greatly to rejoice the heart, yet the prophet would have them encouraged by the word to stand as it were on a watch-tower, waiting patiently for the fulfillment of what God had promised. From the low and despised condition of the whole people, from the many and terrible enemies who pressed hard upon them on all sides, from the small number who had sufficient courage to surmount the obstacles in their way, from the new and unlooked-for changes which were daily springing up, from the danger there was lest the state of affairs gradually sinking more and more into decay, should at length become desperate, it was difficult to cherish the hope that the holy city would be restored. 1. 87 His foundation is in the holy mountains. 3 # [Isa. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: This psalm is a community lament in which the psalmist recounts blessings conferred on the people by the Lord (vv. The Story of Psalm 87 This is an important psalm but we do not know who wrote it. That despair might not overcome the hearts of the faithful, and cause them to fail, there is set before them the supporting and consolatory consideration, that the Lord hath spoken differently concerning the future condition of the Church. Psalm 86 Psalm 90 Psalm 87-89 New King James Version (NKJV) The Glories of the City of God A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. Christ is the true temple; all our springs are in him, and from him all our streams flow. We must consider the design of the prophet, or rather the object of the Spirit of God, speaking by the mouth of the prophet. 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. 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. 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." 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. Verse 1. 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. “Rahab is Egypt, and so called for its strength and pride. We get a snapshot of such in Revelation. Psalm 87 is a prophetic glimpse as to what God would do through His Son for those not born of Jewish heritage would find one day in worship before His throne. The word springs is, beyond all controversy, to be here taken metaphorically; but interpreters are not agreed as to the explanation of the metaphor. Verse 2 [2] The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. [495] "Il est advenu desja de pieca." Psalm 87 Bible Commentary. -- Fr. [499] Selah. Selah. The foundation is upon the mountains. Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings . The foregoing psalm was very plain and easy, but in this are things dark and hard to be understood. Zion, for the temple’s sake, is here preferred, I. 48:2. With this agrees what is stated in Psalm 78:60, 67, that God rejected Shiloh, the tribe of Ephraim, and the tabernacle of Joseph, that he might dwell in Zion which he loved. Psalm 87 Bible Commentary. Moreover, it is very evident that the Jews, actuated by a foolish ambition, wrest this passage as it were purposely. Commentary for Psalms 87 . This psalm is simply titled A Psalm of the sons of Korah. The favour and protection of God are the only sure rest and comfort of the soul in this evil world. It pleased the Father, and all believers are well pleased with it too, that in him should all fulness dwell. The writer celebrates the glory of the Church, as the means of spiritual blessing to the nation. 2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Study Edition) Psalm 87:1-7 Of the sons of Korʹah. (2.) 7:16. 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. [499] "Ethiopia, the land of Cush, which was in Arabia." 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. On the holy mount stands the city he founded; 2. the L ord loves the gates of Zion. His foundation is in the holy mountains. When God renders to every man according to his works, he shall observe who enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. Selah. more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. It often happens, that in proportion to the rapidity with which cities rise to distinguished eminence, is the shortness of the continuance of their prosperity. Other Works. 2 Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion above all the dwellings of Jacob. 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. . 4. If it is demanded why Jerusalem was so highly distinguished, let this short answer be deemed sufficient, Because it so pleased God. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. That there was much said concerning it in the word of God (v. 3): Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God! 68:25. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 87. God promised that even among the rivals there would be those who know Me– those who have true relationship with Him. 2. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, in its introductory note on this psalm, says that it’s “difficult to postulate an original life-situation for the psalm. 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. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 87 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. Psalm 87 views Zion as founded of God, a city which has foundations. (1-3) It is filled with the Divine blessing. I name them off, those among whom I’m famous: Egypt and Babylon, also Philistia, even Tyre, along with Cush. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God! The nature and glory of the church. Selah. Psalm 87 The Joy of Living in Zion. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is a highly honorable condition which is spoken of, the language implying, that when God shall take a census of the people on whom he will be graciously pleased to confer the highest honor, he will write them as belonging to Zion, rather than to Babylon or any other cities; for to be one of the common people among the citizens of Zion, will be a greater distinction than to be invested with the highest rank anywhere else. Psalm 87:3. Psalm 87 Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. Walford connects the two clauses in the same manner, "They sing with musical instruments, All my springs are in thee.'" — The inscription of this psalm does not attribute it to David, nor is the occasion on which it was penned particularly mentioned. But it is unnecessary for me to say any thing to prove what is apparent to all, that this exposition is forced. 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." Christ Jesus is the refuge and dwelling-place to which we may repair. Christian doctors are almost unanimous in referring these words to Christ, and think that the cause is here assigned why those who hitherto were strangers, and even mortal enemies to each other, are now to be numbered among the citizens of Jerusalem, namely, because Christ shall be born there, [501] whose office it is to gather together into the unity of faith and hope of eternal life, men who were scattered like members torn from the body. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. more than all the dwellings of Jacob. (2.) Psalm 87. Did the idiom of the language admit, I would willingly subscribe to the opinion of those who translate it melodies or songs. Bible > Commentary > Lightfoot > Psalm Psalm 87 Lightfoot NT Commentary. His foundations are 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. 87 His foundation is in the holy mountains. 1 He has founded his city on the holy mountain. A Psalm. [502]. -- Geddes. It is proved that the glory of Zion outshines them all, upon many accounts; for, (1.) According to Alamoth. I will reckon them my people as much as Israel when they shall receive the gospel of Christ, and own them as born in Zion, born again there, and admitted to the privileges of Zion as freely as a true-born Israelite." Selah. Of the Korahites. The springs of the joy of a carnal worldling lie in wealth and pleasure; but the springs of the joy of a gracious soul lie in the word of God and prayer. Psalms 87:3. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 87. www.easyenglish.bible. Psalms 87. The meaning of this verse is obscure, partly from its abrupt brevity, and partly from the ambiguity of one word. Holiness is the strength and stability of the church: it is this that will support it and keep it from sinking; not so much that it is built upon mountains as that it is built upon holy mountains—upon the promise of God, for the confirming of which he has sworn by his holiness, upon the sanctification of the Spirit, which will secure the happiness of all the saints. Some think it was penned to express the joy of God’s people when Zion was in a flourishing state; others think it was penned to encourage their faith and hope when Zion was in ruins and was to be rebuilt after the captivity. Psalm 88 - A song. It was here Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice. 3. 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. 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.) Yet he loves the gates of Zion better, not only better than any, but better than all, of the dwellings of Jacob. Zion is here compared with other places, and preferred before them; the church of Christ is more glorious and excellent than the nations of the earth. God had said concerning Zion, This is my rest for ever; here will I dwell. 2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 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. Psalm 87:2. 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