Psalm 87:2
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English Standard Version
the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.

King James Bible
The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

American Standard Version
Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord loveth the gates of Sion above all the tabernacles of Jacob.

English Revised Version
The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Psalm 87:2 Parallel
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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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The Lord

Psalm 78:67-69 Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim...

Psalm 132:13,14 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation...

Deuteronomy 12:5 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there...

2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

Isaiah 14:32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered...

Cross References
Revelation 20:9
And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them,

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 78:67
He rejected the tent of Joseph; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,

Psalm 78:68
but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loves.

Psalm 122:2
Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!

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