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Psalm 87

The Joy of Living in Zion

Of the Korahites. A Psalm. A Song.

On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
    the Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the dwellings of Jacob.(A)
Glorious things are spoken of you,
    O city of God. Selah(B)

Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
    Philistia, too, and Tyre, with Cush—
    “This one was born there,” they say.

And of Zion it shall be said,
    “This one and that one were born in it,”
    for the Most High himself will establish it.(C)
The Lord records, as he registers the peoples,
    “This one was born there.” Selah(D)

Singers and dancers alike say,
    “All my springs are in you.”(E)

Psalm 88

Prayer for Help in Despondency

A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites. To the leader: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

O Lord, God of my salvation,
    at night, when I cry out before you,(F)
let my prayer come before you;
    incline your ear to my cry.(G)

For my soul is full of troubles,
    and my life draws near to Sheol.(H)
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit;
    I am like those who have no help,(I)
like those forsaken among the dead,
    like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
    for they are cut off from your hand.(J)
You have put me in the depths of the Pit,
    in the regions dark and deep.(K)
Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
    and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah(L)

You have caused my companions to shun me;
    you have made me a thing of horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;(M)
    my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call on you, O Lord;
    I spread out my hands to you.(N)
10 Do you work wonders for the dead?
    Do the shades rise up to praise you? Selah(O)
11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave
    or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12 Are your wonders known in the darkness
    or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness?(P)

13 But I, O Lord, cry out to you;
    in the morning my prayer comes before you.(Q)
14 O Lord, why do you cast me off?
    Why do you hide your face from me?(R)
15 Wretched and close to death from my youth up,
    I suffer your terrors; I am desperate.[a](S)
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
    your dread assaults destroy me.
17 They surround me like a flood all day long;
    from all sides they close in on me.(T)
18 You have caused friend and neighbor to shun me;
    my companions are in darkness.(U)


  1. 88.15 Meaning of Heb uncertain

Being Subject to Authorities

13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God.(A) Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval,(B) for it is God’s agent for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority[a] does not bear the sword in vain! It is the agent of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience.(C) For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s agents, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due them: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.

Love for One Another

Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.(D) The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; you shall not murder; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”(E) 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.(F)

An Urgent Appeal

11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is already the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers;(G) 12 the night is far gone; the day is near. Let us then throw off[b] the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;(H) 13 let us walk decently as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in illicit sex and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.(I) 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.(J)


  1. 13.4 Gk it
  2. 13.12 Other ancient authorities read lay aside