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Psalms 87:2

    Psalms 87:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The Lord has more love for the doors of Zion than for all the tents of Jacob.

    Webster's Revision

    Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 87:2

    The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob - That is, he preferred Zion for his habitation, to be the place of his temple and sanctuary, before any other place in the promised land. Mystically, the Lord prefers the Christian Church to the Jewish: the latter was only a type of the former; and had no glory by reason of the glory that excelleth. To this position no exception can be made.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 87:2

    The Lord loveth the gates of Zion - Compare Psalm 78:68. The gates of a city were the places of concourse; where business was transacted; where courts were held. The particular allusion here seems to be to the thronging multitudes pressing into the city for public worship - the numbers that gathered together at the great feasts and festivals of the nation; and the meaning is, that he looked with more pleasure on such multitudes as they thronged the gates, pressing in that they might worship him, than on any other scene in the land.

    More than all the dwellings of Jacob - Than any of the places where the descendants of Jacob, or where his people dwell. Much as he might be pleased with their quiet abodes, with their peace, prosperity, and order, and with the fact that his worship was daily celebrated in those happy families, yet he had superior pleasure in the multitudes that crowded the ways to the place where they would publicly acknowledge him as their God.