Psalm 87:1
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English Standard Version
On the holy mount stands the city he founded;

King James Bible
A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. 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:

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Here, too, almost everything is an echo of earlier language of the Psalms and of the Law; viz., Psalm 86:7 follows Psalm 17:6 and other passages; Psalm 86:8 is taken from Exodus 15:11, cf. Psalm 89:9, where, however, אלהים, gods, is avoided; Psalm 86:8 follows Deuteronomy 3:24; Psalm 86:9 follows Psalm 22:28; Psalm 86:11 is taken from Psalm 27:11; Psalm 86:11 from Psalm 26:3; Psalm 86:13, שׁאול תּחתּיּה from Deuteronomy 32:22, where instead of this it is תּחתּית, just as in Psalm 130:2 תּחנוּני (supplicatory prayer) instead of תּחנוּנותי (importunate supplications); and also Psalm 86:10 (cf. Psalm 72:18) is a doxological formula that was already in existence. The construction הקשׁיב בּ is the same as in Psalm 66:19. But although for the most part flowing on only in the language of prayer borrowed from earlier periods, this Psalm is, moreover, not without remarkable significance and beauty. With the confession of the incomparableness of the Lord is combined the prospect of the recognition of the incomparable One throughout the nations of the earth. This clear unallegorical prediction of the conversion of the heathen is the principal parallel to Revelation 15:4. "All nations, which Thou hast made" - they have their being from Thee; and although they have forgotten it (vid., Psalm 9:18), they will nevertheless at last come to recognise it. כּל־גּוים, since the article is wanting, are nations of all tribes (countries and nationalities); cf. Jeremiah 16:16 with Psalm 22:18; Tobit 13:11, ἔθνη πολλά, with ibid. Psalm 14:6, πάντα τὰ ἔθνη. And how weightily brief and charming is the petition in Psalm 86:11 : uni cor meum, ut timeat nomen tuum! Luther has rightly departed from the renderings of the lxx, Syriac, and Vulgate: laetetur (יחדּ from חדה). The meaning, however, is not so much "keep my heart near to the only thing," as "direct all its powers and concentrate them on the one thing." The following group shows us what is the meaning of the deliverance out of the hell beneath (שׁאול תּחתּיּה, like ארץ תּחתּית, the earth beneath, the inner parts of the earth, Ezekiel 31:14.), for which the poet promises beforehand to manifest his thankfulness (כּי, Psalm 86:13, as in Psalm 56:14).

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A.M.

3468. B.C.

536. It is highly probable that this Psalm was written by one of the descendants of Korah on the return from the Bablonian captivity. It seems to have been written in praise of Jerusalem; and, typically, of the Christian church.

his

2 Chronicles 3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared to David his father...

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone...

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

1 Corinthians 3:10,11 According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon...

Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone...

1 Peter 2:4-8 To whom coming, as to a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious...

the holy

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

Psalm 68:16 Why leap you, you high hills? this is the hill which God desires to dwell in; yes, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

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 the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains...

Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer...

Zechariah 8:3 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the middle of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth...

2 Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

Cross References
Psalm 11:3
if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

Psalm 48:1
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 hatred, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God desired for his abode, yes, where the LORD will dwell forever?

Psalm 78:69
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which he has founded forever.

Psalm 121:1
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

Isaiah 14:32
What will one answer the messengers of the nation? "The LORD has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge."

Isaiah 28:16
therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: 'Whoever believes will not be in haste.'

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