Psalms 87:5

5 The word's getting out on Zion: "Men and women, right and left, get born again in her!"

Psalms 87:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 87:5

And of Zion it shall be said
The same with the city of God, the church before commended:

this and that man was born in her;
this and that great man, in opposition to a mean person, in the preceding verse: "or a man and man" {d}; men of all sorts, and of different nations, Jews and Gentiles, and great numbers of them:

and the Highest himself shall establish her;
the church of God, though founded by him, and laid on a sure foundation, on the Rock of ages, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail, yet is sometimes fluctuating and unsettled;

it is tossed with tempests,
the persecutions of men, the errors and heresies of false teachers, and the contentions and divisions of its own members; and is not always in one place, but is removed from one place to another, and is obliged to flee into the wilderness; but in the latter day it will be established and settled; it will be a tabernacle that shall not be taken down nor removed; but shall be established for ever, ( Psalms 89:37 ) , and this is the work of God, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, whatever instruments he may make use of, as ministers of the word, and kings of the earth; as it is his work, and his only, to establish particular believers, ( 2 Corinthians 1:21 ) , so it is his to establish the church in general: or it may be rendered, "he shall establish her on high" F5, which will be the case when she is established upon the top of the mountains, and exalted above the hills, ( Isaiah 2:2 ) .


F4 (vyaw vya) "vir et vir", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis.
F5 So the Targum, and Ainsworth.

Psalms 87:5 In-Context

3 God's hometown - oh! everyone there is talking about you!
4 I name them off, those among whom I'm famous: Egypt and Babylon, also Philistia, even Tyre, along with Cush. Word's getting around; they point them out: "This one was born again here!"
5 The word's getting out on Zion: "Men and women, right and left, get born again in her!"
6 God registers their names in his book: "This one, this one, and this one - born again, right here."
7 Singers and dancers give credit to Zion: "All my springs are in you!"
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