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2:6 9:11 43:3 46:4 48:1,2,





cause thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

V. 2, Visit. Sick, Churching Off. and other Offices, (also Rom). Sar. Cons. Ch., Name of Jesus. Rom., Epiph., Visit. Sick; vv. 1-4, 15th Sun. af. Pent.; vv. 1, 3, 5, 16th af. Pent. Ğk. 9th H. S. C.




HER foundations are upon the

78:69,70 holy hills: the LORD loveth the 132:14, gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.



2 Very excellent things are 122:2-5 spoken of thee: thou city of God. 3 I will think upon Rahab and Babylon with them that know



45:13 4 Behold ye the Philistines 68:31 also: and they of Tyre, with the

Morians; lo, there was he born.

48:7 5 And of Sion it shall be re69:37,38 ported that he was born in her : and the Most High shall stablish


22:27 6 The LORD shall rehearse it, 66:3 when he writeth up the people: 82:8 86:9 that he was born there.



Ps LXXXVII. Title; Korah, see Ps. 42, title, n. 3 Rahab, i. e. Egypt. See Is. 51:9. "Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites" (Acts 2:9), prefigured by Babylon. Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene" (Acts 2:10), by Rahab. 3, 4 Egypt was at this time" (the reign of Hezekiah) united in its interests with Palestine, both countries being endangered by the power and ambition of Assyria. Ethiopia was closely associated with Egypt, and Tirhakah king of the Ethiopians (Is. 37:9) was against Sennacherib. Moreover, after the destruction of Sennacherib's host, the princes of Babylon sent ambassadors to Hezekiah (2 Chr. 32:31), and the king of Babylon sent a present to him on the occasion of his sickness (2 Kin. 20:12)."—Jennings and Lowe. "As Isaiah had foretold (14:29), Hezekiah subdued the Philistines (2 Kin. 18:8). This was a token that the Lord 'had founded Zion.'"-Plumptre.


A Psalm. A Song of the Sons of Korah. This psalm has been referred with great probability to the reign of Hezekiah.


Glory of Zion as the City of God. VV. I, 2.

1 His foundation is in the holy mountains. Verse 5 "The mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob" Is 2:2, 3. See Is. 14:32.

2 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

God declares the true Zion, the Church of Christ, to be the birthplace of the nations. vv. 3-6.

3 Lit. I will mention Rahab and Babylon among them that know me. "The LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day" Is. 19:21. "Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ" Eph. 2:13. "The church that is at Babylon, saluteth you 1 S. Pet. 5:13.

4 Lit. Behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia: this man is born there. "Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine : they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God" Is. 45:14. "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" S. Jo. 3:3.

5 Lit. And to Zion it is said, A man and a man (i. e. many a man) is born in her, and he the Most High doth stablish her. Verse 1. "One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel" 1s. 44:5. See Is. 56:6, 7. "Jerusalem which is above which is the

mother of us all " Gal. 4:26. "Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against


S. Mat. 16:18.

6 Lit. The LORD shall count in writing down the nations, this man is born there. Selah. "The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel" Is. 60:3, 14. See Zech. 8:20-23. "Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd " S. Jo. 10:16.

4 Tyre; see Ps. 45:13, n. Acts 21:3, 4. Morians, K. J. Ethiopia. See Acts 8:27, 38. This man; i. e. each individual of these nations. Is born there; i. e. in Zion. The privileges of the City of God are only to be obtained by the New Birth.


68:25 7 The singers also and trum149:3 peters shall he rehearse : All my 150:4 fresh springs shall be in thee.




Rom. Circ., Epiph., Cons. Ch. Gk. Christmas

134:4 Eve. S. N. Hy. 190, 193. See p. x.






O LORD God of my salvation, I 27:11 have cried day and night before 102:1 thee: O let my prayer enter into 141:1 thy presence, incline thine ear 6:3 44:25 unto my calling;

57:4 69:1 107:18 119:28,

2 For my

109 and my

142:7 hell.


soul is full of trouble : life draweth nigh unto

116:3 3 I am counted as one of them 28:1 that go down into the pit: and I have been even as a man that hath no strength.


4 Free among the dead, like 143:3 unto them that are wounded, and lie in the grave: who are out of remembrance, and are cut away from thy hand.


5 Thou hast laid me in the low143:8 est pit in a place of darkness, and in the deep.

32:4 38:2 42:9 69:2


6 Thine indignation lieth hard upon me and thou hast vexed me with all thy storms.

31:13 7 Thou hast put away mine 89:40 acquaintance far from me: and 142:4,5 made me to be abhorred of them. 8 I am so fast in prison: that I cannot get forth.

Ps. LXXXVIII. Title; Korah, see Ps. 42, title, n.

a sad (melody), Heb.

tion, Heb. Leannoth.



Mahalath. See Ps. 53, title.
Instruction, Heb. Maschil. Heman


7 Lit. Both they that sing, and they that dance (say), All my fountains (i. e. of delight) are in thee.


"Now of Sion shall be chanted,

Saint on Saint, in her they spring:-
'His own arm her wall hath planted,
'Her eternal glorious King.'

God shall say, His tribes enrolling,
'Here he sprang, mine own was he.'-
Swell the song, the dance controlling:
'All my fresh springs are in thee.'



A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the Chief Musician. To a sad (melody). For affliction. A Song of Instruction of Heman the Ezrahite.

Woe surpassing in darkness the Shadow of Death.


1 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto

my cry.

Verse 13:

My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto

2 Verse 15. death" S. Mar. 14:34.

3 Lit. I am become as a man without strength. Verses 5, 15. "He hath poured out his soul unto death" Is. 53:12. 4 Lit. (I am) severed (from thee) as those who are dead, like the slain lying in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more, but they are cut off from thy hand. Verse 12. was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken" Is. 53:8. See Eccles. 9:5, 6, 10.


5 In darkness, in the deeps. Verses 3, 18. "This is your hour, and the power of darkness" S. Lu. 22:53.

6 And thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah. "The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all " Is. 53:6. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree" Gal. 3:13.

7 Thou hast made me an abomination unto them. Verse 18. See Job 19:13. "All the disciples forsook him, and fled. . . And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man" S. Mat. 26:56, 72. "He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me. My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me " Job 19:13, 14.

8 I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. See Lam. 3:7. "He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths" Job 19:8.

the Ezrahite, one of the Sons of Korah. (1 Chr. 6:33,37). Heman together with Asaph and Ethan (Ps. 39, title) were set over the "service of song" in the sanctuary by David (1 Chr. 16:41, 42; 25:1). He was also the " King's seer." 1 Chr. 25:5. 2 Hell, lit. Sheol. See Ps. 6:5, note. 4 "This was the feeling of all the Old Testament saints in seasons of gloom and despondency. It could not be otherwise till the bright light of Christ's Resurrection was cast upon the grave and the world beyond."-Perowne. 6 Indignation, K. J. wrath. 7 Mine acquaintance; lit. my familiar friends.


6:7 31:10 9 My sight faileth for very 69:3 trouble: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched forth



86:3 77:2 my hands unto thee.


10 Dost thou show wonders 6:5 30:10 among the dead: or shall the 11517 dead rise up again, and praise thee?

5:3 63:1

II Shall thy loving-kindness be showed in the grave: or thy faithfulness in destruction ?

12 Shall thy wondrous works be known in the dark and thy righteousness in the land where all things are forgotten?

13 Unto thee have I cried, O LORD and early shall my prayer 43:274:1 come before thee.

13:1 22:1


14 LORD, why abhorrest thou 69:18 my soul and hidest thou thy face 77:7-9 from me?



15 I am in misery, and like 143:7 unto him that is at the point to 22:15 die: : even from my youth up thy terrors have I suffered with a troubled mind.


6:1 16 Thy wrathful displeasure goeth over me: and the fear of thee hath undone me.



17 They came round about me daily like water and compassed me together on every side.

18 My lovers and friends hast thou put away from me: and hid mine acquaintance out of my sight.

Prop. Ps. Good Fri. E. Am. P. B. & Irish P. B. v. 6, Visit. Pris. Int. Easter Even. Rom,, Good Fri., Easter Even; v. 1, 12th Sun. af. Pent. Gk. Dawn. L. P. T. (Sat). Hy. 94.

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