87 1 The holy Ghost promiseth, that the condition of the Church which was in misery after the captivity of Babylon, should be restored to great excellency. 4 So that there should be nothing more comfortable, than to be numbered among the members thereof.

A Psalm or song committed to the sons of Korah.

God laid his [a]foundations among the holy mountains.

The Lord loveth the gates of Zion above all the habitations of Jacob.

[b]Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

I will make mention of [c]Rahab and Babel among them that know me: behold Palestine and Tyre with Ethiopia, [d]There is he born.

And of Zion it shall be said, [e]Many are born in her: and he, even the most High shall stablish her.

The Lord shall count, when he [f]writeth the people, He was born there. Selah.

As well the singers as the players on instruments shall praise thee: all my [g]springs are in thee.


  1. Psalm 87:1 God did choose that place among the hills, to establish Jerusalem and his Temple.
  2. Psalm 87:3 Though thy glorious estate does not yet appear, yet wait with patience, and God will accomplish his promise.
  3. Psalm 87:4 That is, Egypt and these other countries shall come to the knowledge of God.
  4. Psalm 87:4 It shall be said of him that is regenerate and come to the Church, that he is as one that was born in the Church.
  5. Psalm 87:5 Out of all quarters they shall come to the Church, and be counted as citizens.
  6. Psalm 87:6 When he calleth by his word them into the Church, whom he had elected and written in the book.
  7. Psalm 87:7 The Prophet setteth his whole affections and comfort in the Church.