Psalms 78:60

60 God abandoned the sanctuary at Shiloh, the tent where he had lived with humans.

Psalms 78:60 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 78:60

So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh
&c.] The tabernacle which Moses built in the wilderness by the command of the Lord, and according to the pattern showed him; and which, when the Israelites were settled in the land of Canaan, was set up in Shiloh; see ( Joshua 18:1 ) , and here it was in the times of Eli and Samuel, which are here referred to:

the tent which he placed among men;
it was as a tent moveable from place to place, and was to continue at longest but for a while, as the whole tabernacle worship and service was to do; here the divine Majesty dwelt, and among men, vile, sinful, wicked, and ungrateful men; which was a wonderful instance of his condescension and goodness, ( 1 Kings 8:27 ) , but when their iniquities grew to such a degree as were intolerable, he forsook it and removed it elsewhere; see ( Jeremiah 7:12 Jeremiah 7:14 ) , rather the words may be rendered, "the tent", or "tabernacle, which he had fixed in Adam"; as they are by Doctor Lightfoot F17; that is, in the city Adam, which was in the centre of the parting of the waters of Jordan, and where was the station of the tabernacle and ark of the covenant, when Israel entered into them, and passed through them; which is mentioned as a wonderful circumstance, both with respect to the tabernacle and to the people of Israel.


F17 See his Works, vol. 2. p. 82.

Psalms 78:60 In-Context

58 They angered God with their many shrines; they angered him with their idols.
59 God heard and became enraged; he rejected Israel utterly.
60 God abandoned the sanctuary at Shiloh, the tent where he had lived with humans.
61 God let his power be held captive, let his glory go to the enemy's hand.
62 God delivered his people up to the sword; he was enraged at his own possession.