Psalm 87:1
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New International Version
Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song. He has founded his city on the holy mountain.

New Living Translation
A song. A psalm of the descendants of Korah. On the holy mountain stands the city founded by the LORD.

English Standard Version
On the holy mount stands the city he founded;

New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.

King James Bible
A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Christian Standard Bible
The city he founded is on the holy mountains.

Contemporary English Version
Zion was built by the LORD on the holy mountain,

Good News Translation
The LORD built his city on the sacred hill;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A psalm of the sons of Korah. A song. His foundation is on the holy mountains.

International Standard Version
God's foundation is in the holy mountains.

NET Bible
Written by the Korahites; a psalm, a song. The LORD's city is in the holy hills.

New Heart English Bible
[A Psalm by the sons of Korah; a Song.] His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
His foundations are in his holy mountain!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[By Korah's descendants; a psalm; a song.] [The city] the LORD has founded [stands]on holy mountains.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Psalm of the sons of Korah; a Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.

New American Standard 1977
His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His foundation is in mountains of holiness.

King James 2000 Bible
His foundation is in the holy mountains.

American King James Version
His foundation is in the holy mountains.

American Standard Version
His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the sons of Core, a psalm of a canticle. The foundations thereof are in the holy mountains:

Darby Bible Translation
{Of the sons of Korah. A Psalm. A Song.} His foundation is in the mountains of holiness.

English Revised Version
A Psalm of the sons of Korah; a Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. His foundation is in the holy mountains.

World English Bible
His foundation is in the holy mountains.

Young's Literal Translation
By sons of Korah. -- A Psalm, a song. His foundation is in holy mountains.
Study Bible
His Foundation is in the Holy Mountains
1A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains. 2The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.…
Cross References
Psalm 11:3
If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?"

Psalm 48:1
A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain.

Psalm 68:16
Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks, At the mountain which God has desired for His abode? Surely the LORD will dwell there forever.

Psalm 78:69
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever.

Psalm 121:1
A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?

Isaiah 14:32
"How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it."

Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.

Jeremiah 31:23
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Once again they will speak this word in the land of Judah and in its cities when I restore their fortunes, 'The LORD bless you, O abode of righteousness, O holy hill!'

Daniel 9:16
"O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us.
Treasury of Scripture

His foundation is in the holy mountains.



2 Chronicles 3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in …

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation …

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will …

1 Corinthians 3:10,11 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master …

Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus …

1 Peter 2:4-8 To whom coming, as to a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but …

the holy

Psalm 48:1,2 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, …

Psalm 68:16 Why leap you, you high hills? this is the hill which God desires …

Psalm 121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.

Isaiah 2:2,3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful …

Zechariah 8:3 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the …

2 Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with …

(1) His foundation.--This abrupt commencement with a clause without a verb has led to the conjecture that a line has dropped away. But this is unnecessary if we neglect the accents, and take gates of Zion in apposition with His foundation:

His foundation on the holy hill

Loveth Jehovah, (even) Zion's gates,

More than all Jacob's dwellings.

Here His foundation is equivalent to that which He hath founded, and the gates are put by metonymy for the city itself. (Comp. Jeremiah 14:2.)

With regard to the plural, mountains, it is probably only poetical, though geographically it is correct to speak of Jerusalem as situated on hills. Dean Stanley speaks of "the multiplicity of the eminences" which the city "shares, though in a smaller compass, with Rome and Constantinople" (Sinai and Palestine, p. 177).

Verses 1-3. - The praises of Zion.

(1) She is built upon the holy mountains;

(2) God loves her pre-eminently; and

(3) a glorious future is assigned to her in the counsels of God. Ver. 1. - His foundation is in the holy mountains. God's foundation - the city which he has founded - is "in the holy mountains;" i.e. in the hill country of Judaea, a congeries of mountains, "holy," since they surround the holy city and belong to the "holy land" (Zechariah 2:12). His foundation is in the holy mountains. The Jewish writers connect these words with the title of the psalm, and make the sense to be this; "the foundation" or argument "of it", the psalm, "is concerning the holy mountains" of Zion and Jerusalem; so Aben Ezra, Jarchi, and Kimchi; and the Targum joins them together thus,

"by the hands of the sons of Korah is said a song, which is founded by the mouth of the fathers that were of old:''

but the words are a part of the song or psalm, which begins in an abrupt manner, just as Sol 1:2 and may be rendered either "its foundation", or "his foundation", and refer either to the church, or to the Lord, and the sense is the same either way; for the church's foundation is also the Lord's foundation, a foundation of his laying; see Isaiah 14:32 and is laid "in the holy mountains"; alluding to the mountains of Zion and Moriah, where the temple stood, a type of the church; or to the mountains about Jerusalem, by which also the church is frequently signified; and by those, in a mystical and spiritual sense, may be meant the purposes and decrees of God, which are as mountains of brass, Zechariah 6:1, they are like the ancient mountains for the antiquity of them, and are high, and not to be reached and searched into, and are firm, solid, and immoveable; and are also holy, particularly the decree of election, that source of all true holiness, which has sanctification for its end and means; and is the foundation of the church, which supports and secures it, and stands sure, 2 Timothy 2:19, also the covenant of grace, which is sure and immoveable, and in which are provisions for holiness, internal and external; and is the foundation and security of the church, and all believers; but especially Jesus Christ, the Rock of ages, is meant, the Holy One of Israel, the sure foundation laid in Zion: some interpret these holy mountains of the holy apostles, who were in an high and eminent station in the church, and were doctrinally foundations, as they ministerially laid Christ, as the only foundation; see Ephesians 2:20, it may be rendered, "among the holy mountains" (w); and so may regard, as Cocceius explains it, the several kingdoms and provinces of the world in which the Gospel shall be preached; and the church shall be established and settled in the latter day even upon the tops of mountains, which shall become holy to the Lord, Isaiah 2:2.

(w) "inter montes sanctitatis", Junius & Tremellius; so Ainsworth. 1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.

2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

Psalm 87:1

"His foundation is in the holy mountains." The Psalm begins abruptly, the poet's heart was full, and it gained vent on a sudden.

"God's foundation stands for ever

On the holy mountain towers;

Sion's gates Jehovah favours

More than Jacob's thousand bowers."

Sudden passion is evil, but bursts of holy joy are most precious. God has chosen to found his earthly temple upon the mountains; he might have selected other spots, but it was his pleasure to have his chosen abode upon Zion. His election made the mountains holy, they were by his determination ordained and set apart for the Lord's use.

continued...PSALM 87

Ps 87:1-7. This triumphal song was probably occasioned by the same event as the forty-sixth [see on [618]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.87:1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God has laid. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church. 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. Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, even Jesus Christ. The glorious things spoken of Zion by the Spirit, were all typical of Christ, and his work and offices; of the gospel church, its privileges and members; of heaven, its glory and perfect happiness.
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