December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 A psalm of the Korahites. A song. The LORD loves the city founded on holy mountains,
- 2 Loves the gates of Zion more than any dwelling in Jacob.
- Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! Selah
- From Babylon and Egypt I count those who acknowledge the LORD. Philistia, Ethiopia, Tyre, of them it can be said: "This one was born there."
- 3 But of Zion it must be said: "They all were born here." The Most High confirms this;
- the Lord notes in the register of the peoples: "This one was born here." Selah
- So all sing in their festive dance: "Within you is my true home."
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1 [Psalm 87] A song of Zion, like Psalms 46; 48; 76; 132. After the Exile of the sixth century B.C., diaspora Jews from all over the world (Psalm 87:4) made the long pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the city of God (Psalm 87:1-3). Such Jews may have hailed from distant lands, but the psalm sees them as children of Zion (Psalm 87:5-7). The original occasion may have been Pentecost, which always attracted a large number of diaspora Jews.
2  The gates: the city itself, a common Hebrew idiom.
3 [5-6] The bond between the exile and the holy city was so strong as to override the exile's citizenship of lesser cities.
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