Psalm 87

1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion
More than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee,
O city of God. [Selah]

1 See Psalm xviii. 1. R. 279.

See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.

1-3. In the supreme sense by Jacob and Israel the Lord is meant. A. 3305.

1-8. Song in praise of the Lord by a new church that will be gathered together from all parts. P. P.

1, 2, 5-7. See Psalm xlviii. 3, 4. E. 850.

2 By Zion and by the daughter of Zion is understood the celestial church. E. 208.

2, 3. Knowledges of truth and good are signified by gates.
A man is introduced into the church, by them as into a city. R. 899.

2, 3, 6, 7. Heaven and the church where the Lord alone is worshipped are signified by mount Zion. R. 612.

4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon as among
them that know me:
Behold, Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia:
This one was born there.

3, 4. The Philistines signify in general a memory of the knowledges of faith, and in particular those who place faith and salvation in knowledges alone, which they make matters of memory. A. 1197.
The city of God is the doctrine of the truth of faith derived from the Word, Tyre stands for the knowledges of truth and good, in like manner Ethiopia, hence it is evident that Philistia stands for the science of the truths of faith. A. 9340.

5 Yea, of Zion it shall be said, This one and that one was
born in her;
And the Most High himself will establish her.
6 Jehovah will count, when he writeth up the peoples,
This one was born there. [Selah]

4, Cush stands for internal knowledges from the Word, and therefore it is said he was born in the city of God. A. 1164. Babel in the beginning is the church which is in the zeal for the Lord for the good of love and for the truths of faith, although inwardly in the zeal of her pastors there lies concealed a fire of the love of ruling by the holy things of the church over all whom they can subdue to themselves. E. 1029.

7 They that sing as well as they that dance shall say,
All my fountains are in thee.

7 See Psalm xxxvi. 9, 10. R. 384.
See Psalm lxviii. 27. E. 483.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)