A PSALM OR SONG FOR THE SONS OF KORAH
This Psalm was composed to be sung in
the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple service was accompanied by whole choirs
of singers, orchestras, and ensembles with musical instruments. The musicians in
the Temple were from the Tribe of Levi. Levites also officiated in other tasks.
This special Psalm was composed to be sung by a certain clan amongst the Levites
descendants of Korah.
is recalled in the Bible (Numbers chapter 16) as leading a revolt against Moses
and being punished for it.
We should learn from this.
In some cases our forebears were not as good as they should have been.
It may even be that they were bad people.
Nevertheless there is hope for us.
Just as the Children of Korah
merited to serve in the Holy Temple despite what their ancestor had done so too
may we be enabled to do great things with our own lives or at the least live
[Psalms 87:1] HIS FOUNDATION IS IN THE HOLY MOUNTAINS.
[Psalms 87:2] THE LORD LOVETH THE GATES OF ZION MORE THAN ALL THE DWELLINGS OF
Jerusalem is the Holy City. Jerusalem is
the city of God. Jerusalem is the city of David. Jerusalem is the former capital
of Israel and Judah when they were united as one nation. Jerusalem will be the
future capital of Judah and Israel when they will once again unite. Jerusalem
ultimately will be the Capital City of the whole world, of all humanity.
Jerusalem and Zion and what is represented by Zion i.e. Zionism is the Will of
[Psalms 87:3] GLORIOUS THINGS ARE SPOKEN OF THEE, O CITY OF GOD. SELAH.
<<GLORIOUS THINGS>>: In Hebrew "nicbadoth"
literally "honorable things" or "matters that one may take pride in". All they
who speak well of Zion and of the Zionist enterprise bring honor to themselves
and to their families. The Almighty will reward them.
[Psalms 87:4] I WILL MAKE MENTION OF RAHAB AND BABYLON TO THEM THAT KNOW ME:
BEHOLD PHILISTIA, AND TYRE, WITH ETHIOPIA; THIS MAN WAS BORN THERE.
this is another name for "Egypt". In Hebrew the word connote pride and
arrogance. It may actually be based on a similar sounding term the
called themselves or by which they were known to others.
The Philistines should be associated with Minoan (Crete and Cyprus) and
(Ancient Greece) civilization. They were a powerful people with great
(in Hebrew "Tsur"
meaning "Rock") was the foremost Phoenician city. It was located on the coast of
Lebanon and a great trading emporium. Phoenician ships from
traded throughout the Ancient World.
<<ETHIOPIA>>: In Hebrew "Cush"
which can mean "Ethiopia" or Africa in general or in some cases India and other
All these places were the foremost powers in Ancient Times. Each one took pride
in prominent personages that had emerged from them saying, "Such-and-such a
person was a native of our country".
[Psalms 87:5] AND OF ZION IT SHALL BE SAID, THIS AND THAT MAN WAS BORN IN HER:
AND THE HIGHEST HIMSELF SHALL ESTABLISH HER.
Whatever the other places take pride in
due to whomsoever was born within them is nothing to what in the future will be
said about Zion. The Almighty Himself will cause HIS Presence to dwell within
the Temple. Even now one should pray towards the Hold Temple as King Solomon
said when he consecrated the Temple (1-Kings chapter 8).
[Psalms 87:6] THE LORD SHALL COUNT, WHEN HE WRITETH UP THE PEOPLE, THAT THIS MAN
WAS BORN THERE. SELAH.
No matter where we were born we should
relocate ourselves psychologically to "Jerusalem", to the Bible.
There are people who take this literally, come to Jerusalem and loose their
balance. This is a known phenomenon. The Almighty does not want a person to
harm oneself. Pray to God, study the Bible, and do as well as you can and the
Almighty will guide you.
At all events no matter where we are, or who we are, we should consider
ourselves children of Jerusalem and citizens of the Bible.
Commentary of Rashi (France, 1040 -1105 CE):
##...In the future when God records the punishments to
be meted out to the idolaters, HE will then register those of Israel who have
been swallowed up amongst them and those who were forced to join them. He will
bring them out and say, These were descended from the inhabitants of Zion. He
will choose them for Himself as Isaiah says: AND I WILL ALSO TAKE OF THEM FOR
PRIESTS [Hebrew: "Cohenim"]
AND FOR LEVITES [Isaiah 66:21]. From out of the Gentiles who will bring them
forth as offerings I will take those [of Israelite descent] who were assimilated
amongst them. These will include
[i.e. Priests] and Levites. They are not foreigners. Before ME their identity is
revealed, says the Almighty.
And where does the Almighty say it?
THE SECRET THINGS BELONG UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD [Deuteronomy 29:29].
[Psalms 87:7] AS WELL THE SINGERS AS THE PLAYERS ON INSTRUMENTS SHALL BE THERE:
ALL MY SPRINGS ARE IN THEE.
Everything comes out of Jerusalem All
good things in this world had their source in the Bible.