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Title. A Psalm. Hebrew. mizmor. App-65 .
Song. Hebrew. shir . App-65 .
for the sons of Korah: i.e. of or by them. This title is repeated in the sub-scription after Psalms 87:7 , to emphasise the occasion of its use in bringing up the Ark to Zion by David (951BC, a Sabbatic year). See note there, and on Title of Psalms 24:0 .
His: i.e. Jehovah's (which He has laid in Zion).
holy. See note on Exodus 3:5 .
The LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4 .
Zion. See App-68 .
Jacob. Israel viewed in connection with the natural seed, and with material blessings. See notes on Genesis 32:28 ; Genesis 43:6 ; Genesis 45:26 , Genesis 45:28 .
God. Hebrew. ha -' Elohim = the [true] God. App-4 .
Selah. Connecting the first alternation with the second, showing that it is to be a repeated alternation.
Rahab = pride, or haughtiness. Used as name for Egypt (by Figure of speech Polyonymia, App-6 ), as in Psalms 89:10 ; Isaiah 51:9 . Compare Job 9:13 with Job 26:12 , not the same word as in Joshua 2:0 .
Ethiopia. Supply Ellipsis of the verb "say": "Tyre with Ethiopia [say]" this, &c.
of = to.
man. Hebrew. 'ish .
the HIGHEST = the MOST HIGH. Hebrew. 'Elyon. App-4 .
writeth up = enrolleth.
people = peoples.
That. Instead of "That", supply "[and say] this one", &c.
Selah. Connecting the last repetition of the alternation, and completing the Structure. Thus, both the Selahs in this Psalm are structural.
the singers = they that shout.
the players on instruments = they that dance, as in bringing up the Ark. See note on the subscription.
shall be there. Supply Ellipsis : "[shall say of Zion]".
springs = fountains: i.e. fountains of delight.
A Song, &c. Repeated from the title. Compare Psalms 45:0 for a similar repetition.
to the chief Musician. See App-64 .
upon Mahalath Leannoth = relating to the shoutings with dancings in bringing up the Ark to Zion (2 Samuel 6:12-15 ; and 1 Chronicles 15:25-29 ). As in Judges 21:21 , Judges 21:23 (compare Revised Version), and see App-65 .
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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 87". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/
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