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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 87

Introduction

1The nature and glory of the church.
4The increase, honour, and comfort of the members thereof.

Verse 1

His foundation is in the holy mountains.
A. M. 3468. B.C. 536. (Title.) A Psalm. 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
for
or, of.
His
2 Chronicles 3:1; Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 3:10,11; Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 Peter 2:4-8
the holy
48:1,2; 68:16; 121:1; Isaiah 2:2,3; 56:7; Zechariah 8:3; 2 Peter 1:18
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 14:21 - the city; 2 Chronicles 32:19 - the God; Psalm 15:1 - holy; Psalm 68:15 - of God; Psalm 99:9 - his holy; Psalm 122:2 - General; Isaiah 14:32 - the Lord; Jeremiah 31:23 - and mountain; Daniel 9:16 - thy holy; Joel 2:1 - in my; Zephaniah 3:11 - because of my holy; John 4:20 - and ye

Verse 2

The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
The Lord
78:67-69; 132:13,14; Deuteronomy 12:5; 2 Chronicles 6:6; Isaiah 14:32; Joel 2:32
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 5:7 - Zion; 1 Kings 14:21 - the city; 1 Chronicles 11:5 - the castle; 2 Chronicles 5:2 - which is Zion; Psalm 50:2 - perfection; Psalm 68:15 - of God; Psalm 78:68 - mount; Psalm 84:1 - How; Song of Solomon 7:5 - the king; Isaiah 4:5 - upon every; Ezekiel 7:20 - the beauty; Zephaniah 3:11 - because of my holy; Haggai 1:8 - and I will take; Matthew 5:35 - the city; John 4:20 - and ye

Verse 3

Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
Glorious
48:2,3,11-13; 125:1,2; Isaiah 12:6; 49:14-26; 54:2-10; 59:20,21; Isaiah 60:1-22; 61:3-11; 62:1-12; Jeremiah 3:14-17; 31:12,13; Ezekiel 36:2,11-38; 37:27,28; 40:1-49; 48:1-35; Hebrews 12:22,23; Revelation 14:1; Revelation 21:10-27
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 12:5 - But unto; 2 Samuel 7:9 - like unto; Psalm 46:4 - city; Psalm 50:2 - perfection; Psalm 84:1 - How; Song of Solomon 3:10 - General; Song of Solomon 5:9 - O thou; Isaiah 4:5 - upon every; Isaiah 48:2 - they call; Isaiah 60:14 - The city; Jeremiah 3:17 - the throne; Ezekiel 7:20 - the beauty; Haggai 1:8 - and I will take; Galatians 4:26 - Jerusalem; Ephesians 5:27 - glorious; Revelation 3:12 - the city; Revelation 21:2 - the holy

Verse 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.
Rahab
89:10; Isaiah 51:9
Babylon
137:1,8,9; 2 Kings 20:17,18; Isaiah 13:1-22; 14:4-6; Jeremiah 25:9; 50:1-51; Daniel 2:47,48; 4:30; Revelation 17:5; 18:2
Tyre
45:12; Isaiah 23:1-18; Ezekiel 27:1-28
Ethiopia
1 Kings 10:1-29; Acts 8:27
this man
68:31; 1 Samuel 17:8; 2 Samuel 21:16-22; Isaiah 19:11,23-25; Ezekiel 28:2
Reciprocal: Mark 3:8 - Tyre; Acts 21:3 - Tyre; 1 Peter 5:13 - at

Verse 5

And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
of Zion
Isaiah 44:4,5; 60:1-9; John 1:12-14; 3:3-5; Galatians 3:26-28; Hebrews 11:32-40; Hebrews 12:1,2,22-24; 1 Peter 1:23,24
highest
Ezekiel 48:35; Matthew 16:18; Romans 8:31
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 28:9 - establish; 1 Kings 15:4 - and to establish; 1 Chronicles 11:5 - the castle; Psalm 48:8 - God; Isaiah 14:32 - the Lord; Jeremiah 33:2 - the maker; Luke 1:76 - Highest; 2 Corinthians 1:21 - stablisheth

Verse 6

The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
when
22:30; Isaiah 4:3; Ezekiel 9:4; 13:9; Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 13:8
this man
Jeremiah 3:19; Galatians 4:26-31; Revelation 20:15
Reciprocal: Numbers 3:40 - General; Romans 9:8 - are counted

Verse 7

As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
As well
68:24,25; 1 Chronicles 15:16-29; 23:5; 25:1-6; Revelation 14:1-3
all my
46:4; Isaiah 12:3; John 1:16; 4:10,14; 7:37-39; James 1:17; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:1,17 Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 7:6 - the Levites; 2 Chronicles 29:26 - the instruments

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 87". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-87.html.