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Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. A Song.
1On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
2the Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
3Glorious things of you are spoken,
O city of God. Selah
4Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush11Probably Nubia—
“This one was born there,” they say.
5And of Zion it shall be said,
“This one and that one were born in her”;
for the Most High himself will establish her.
6The Lord records as he registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.” Selah
7Singers and dancers alike say,
“All my springs are in you.”
Ps 87:1-7. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on Ps 46:1, title]. The writer celebrates the glory of the Church, as the means of spiritual blessing to the nation.
1. His—that is, God's
foundation—or, what He has founded, that is, Zion (Isa 14:32).
is in the holy mountains—the location of Zion, in the wide sense, for the capital, or Jerusalem, being on several hills.
4. This is what is spoken by God.
this—that is, nation
was born there—Of each it is said, "This was born," or is a native of Zion, spiritually.
5. The writer resumes—
the highest … her—God is her protector.
6. The same idea is set forth under the figure of a register made by God (compare Isa 4:3).