Psalm 87 - HIs Foundation is in the Holy Mountains
This mysterious Psalm prophesies that gentiles would be born again in Zion, having equal status as the Jewish believers.
The Old Testament prophesies in many places that the Gentiles will be fellow heirs of Christ with Israel, but this was not fully understood until Paul's writings (Eph 3:3-6
). All OT prophesies concerning the Gentiles in Christ are spoken in riddles.
Here is an Orthodox Jewish interpretation of verses 4-6:
If, on the other hand, verse 5 is a reconfirmation of the two verses surrounding it, the sense of the section, as interpreted by many commentators, is that the citizens of other nations (as opposed to just the Jews in exile) are adopted into the realm of Jerusalem. (In this case, the word “there,” even in verse 4, indicates "in Jerusalem," parallel to “in it" in verse 5.) - Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal
This short psalm is divided into 3 parts by the 2 Selah's:
Verses 1-3 - God's great love for Zion
Verses 4-6 - People from many nations born in Zion
Verse 7 - God's great enjoyment of Zion
Verses 1-3 & 5 had already been put to music, but it was not a regular tune. I continued that same irregular tune for the whole Psalm. Since I couldn't find a midi file for it, here is my very poor voice singing it.
- God's foundation is the foundation of His building, the temple, which is in Zion. This typifies Christ, the foundation of the church (Isa 28:16; Rom 9:33; etc.
The foundation is the beginning (Ezr 7:9
; etc.) of something much bigger to come.
The citizens of Zion are born from above, the holy mountains, to enter the kingdom of God (Jn 3:3-7
). This is the beginning and foundation of God's building.
- As the foundation is the solid beginning, the gates are the final step to make a city function properly (Josh 6:26; etc.
Jacob is the Jewish people (Jer 30:7
). God loves their dwellings in the land of Israel, but He loves the gates of Zion more than all of them put together, because that is where they all gather together as one.
The gates provide a restricted way for people to enter the city. The only way to enter is to be born from above (Jn 3:5
Only the righteous can enter through these gates (Isa 26:2; Ps 24:3-6
). The Messiah, the King of Glory, entered the gates (Ps 24:7-10
), and He Himself is the way for us to enter through Him (Ps 118:19-23
Most translate this verse as "Glorious things are spoken of you ....". This does not work because "glorious things" is feminine plural, but "are spoken" is masculine singular. It is not the "glorious things" that are being spoken, but "glorious" describes the speaking. This verse is very similar in structure to Song of Songs 8:8
, in which the subject "our sister" is feminine singular but the same verb "spoken" is masculine singular and passive as in Ps 87:3. In Ss 8:8
, it is not the sister that is being spoken, but she is being spoken for, that is being asked for in marriage. The preposition, lit. "in you" in Ps 87:3 and "in her" in SoS 8:8
, is the same in both verses also. This verb, dabar
, with this preposition is used for marriage proposal in 1 Sam 25:39
This verse speaks to us corporately as God's people that we have this glorious corporate hope. This is not a hope owned by Christians of any particular view, but is for God's people as a whole.
- The speaker in this verse must be God because of the phrase "those who know Me
God brings Rahab (Ps 89:10
) and Babylon (Isa 13:19-20; Jer 50:39-40
) to remembrance to pay them back for what they have done to His people, that is, those who know Me (Rev 16.9
). God's judgment on the world will be for the benefit of those who know Him.
Rahab is the dragon, but here most think it refers to Egypt based on Isa 30:7
. This is very weak because this is the only instance of Egypt being Rahab, and there she is called "Rahab that sits", not just "Rahab". I think Rahab refers to Satan the dragon, the Antichrist empowered by the dragon and the world ruled by the dragon (Isa 51:19; etc
), particularly, Rome. The culmination of Babylon is Rome (Rev 17:5,9
"This one was born there" means that individuals from these nations will be born-again by the Spirit into Zion (Gal 4:26-27; Heb 12:22
). Being born there equals entering the gates of Zion in v2. Since these gentiles are born there in Zion, they are equal to the Jewish Christians who are also born there.
"This one was born there" refers to being born in Zion, not Philistia, Tyre, etc. because the same exact phrase is used in v6, where it must refer to Zion.
"Behold" in Hebrew is not a verb as it is in English, but an interjection, demanding hearers to pay attention. Thus this verse is not telling Philistia and Tyre to behold something, but is telling the hearer to behold these nations.
"with Ethiopia" - Philistia (Palestinians) and Tyre (in Lebanon) were close to eachother. Ethiopia is far from them. Yet they are "with" Ethiopia. I think this means that people of these nations are together singing in Zion (v7).
- "Zion" equals "those who know Me" in v4.
The phrase "Each and every man" is literally, "a man and a man". The exact phrase is used in only 1 other place, Esther 1:8
, where it means every man in fellowship with another. A similar expression without the "and", literally "man man" is used often (Exo 36:4; etc
), where the meaning is "whosoever" or "every man individually". I think the addition of the "and" in Esther 1:8
and Ps 87:5
implies the fellowship and enjoyment together between each man and his fellow.
There are 2 other similar expressions, literally, "a man in a man" (Isa 3:5
) and "man to man" (1Sam 2:25; Ezek 18:8
). These do not mean "every man" but "man in man" means "man against man" and "man to man" means what it does in English.
From each nation there are individuals who are born-again in Zion. In Zion, each and every man there has been born-again there personally and individually and is together with all those begotten of God. Those from the nations and those from Israel who are born-from-above (Jn 3:3-7
) are both counted as being born-again in Zion.
"And the Highest Himself shall establish her" - "her" is Zion which is the building together of all those who have been born in Zion, the city of God. It is the Most High God Himself who begot all these individually in Zion, and He Himself will build them all together corporately into His Holy City (Eph 2:19-21
Some translate the last phrase as "and He Himself shall establish her most high." This does not work because then "He" would refer back to "each and every man" in the previous sentence and not to God.
- I think this means that it is a very important thing to God to be born-again into Zion.
- The Hebrew word chalal
means most commonly "slain one", as it does in the next 2 Psalms (88:5; 89:10
). In the following 2 Psalms chalal
is even preceded by the preposition "like" as it is here in 87:7. Ps 89:10
also mentions Rahab as being like the slain.
All translations that I have seen translate chalal
here as either "pipers" or "dancers". There is only 1 other place where this word is translated "pipes" (Jer 48:36
), but I believe it should be translated "slain ones" there as it is in every other place when used as a noun. (The 2nd "pipes" in Jer 48:36
is a different Hebrew word, chaliyl
, which does mean "pipe".) There is no instance in the Bible where this word means "dancers".
Also, it does not make sense to say, "The singers are like pipers" or "like dancers". Singers usually are like pipers and dancers, so there is nothing remarkable about it. Most translate "like" into "as well as", which is wrong. In this verse the English phrase "as well as" just means "and", which is not the meaning of the Hebrew preposition for "like". Furthermore if you translate "like" into "as well as" then there needs to be a verb there, and there is none.
The singers are the ones born in Zion in the previous verses. The Highest Himself establishes them (v5
) to be singers who have died to themselves. After His resurrection Christ appears in Revelation as having been slain (Rev 5:6
). The singers may have been martyred literally (Rev 6:9
), but not necessarily, because they are "like" having been slain. They die to themselves and to their former nationality (Gal 3:26-29; Col 3:10-11
) and live by Christ's life with which they were born-again in Zion. In Ps 118 Christ, the Cornerstone joining the Jews and Gentiles, circumcised the nations (Ps 118:10-12
), signifying to slay their natural man. This is the teaching of entire New Testament (Rom 6:4-13; etc
I think God is the speaker here saying that all His springs are in Zion. God's springs are those flowing out the Spirit of Life. The springs are the singers who entered the gates of Zion by being born-again (John 7:37; etc
) in the previous verses of this Psalm and who have died to themselves in this, the final verse of the Psalm.
The 144,000 firstfruits to God sing on Mt. Zion a song no one else can sing (Rev 14:1-5
). They have overcome to live a live of dying to themselves and to the world including the religious world and thus are the firstfruits, the first mature ones.
-copyright Steve Miller 10/23/2010
Psalm 87 through the sons of Korah, a psalm, a song
His foundation is in the holy mountains.
The Lord loveth the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious is your being spoken for,
O city of God!
I will bring to remembrance Rahab and Babylon
for those who know Me.
Behold Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia -
This one was born there!
And for Zion it shall be said,
Each and every man was born in her,
and the Highest Himself shall establish her.
The Lord shall count, when He writes up the peoples,
this one was born there.
And the singers are
as slain ones.
All My springs are in thee.
Ezr 7:9 for on the first of the month he hath founded the ascent from Babylon, and on the first of the fifth month he hath come in unto Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him, (YLT)
Ex 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.
Zec 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
Zec 8:9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation <03245> of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Ro 9:33 As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
1Pe 2:6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
1Co 3:10-12 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Eph 2:19-22 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.
Jos 6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation <03245> thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.
1Ki 16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation <03245> thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
Ne 6:1 Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)
Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
Isa 26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
Ps 24:3 Who shall ascend to the Lord's hill,
And who within His holy place
4 The clean of hands and pure of heart,
who unto vanity,
He has not lifted up My soul,
nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall lift up the LORD's blessing
and also righteousness
from the God of His salvation.
6 This One the generation seeks,
Who seeks your face, Jacob.
Ps 24:7 Lift up your heads, O gates, and be
lifted up ancient doors.
And King of glory shall come in.
8 The King of glory, who is this?
The LORD strong and a Man,
the LORD a Man mighty in war.
9 Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift
upward the ancient doors,
and King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is He, this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts is He.
It's He who is King of glory.
Ps 118:19 Open to Me
gates of the just.
I'll enter through them.
I will thank Jah.
20 This is the gate
that leads to the LORD.
Righteous enter it.
21 I will praise You
for You heard me,
and You have become
to me salvation.
22 This, the Stone which the builders refused
is become Head of gentiles and Jews.
23 This came from the
it is in our eyes.
Eze 48:31-34 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.
32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.
33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.
34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.
Re 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
SS 8:8 (AV) We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
1 Sam 25:39 (AV) And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.
Isa 30:7 Egypt's help is completely worthless;
therefore, I call her:
Rahab (or Arrogance) Who Just Sits. (HCSB)
Isa 13:19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.
Jer 50:39 Therefore wild beasts of the desert with jackals shall dwell there, and ostriches shall dwell therein; and it shall be no more inhabited for ever, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation. 40 As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and their neighbor cities, saith Jehovah, no one shall dwell there, neither shall a son of man sojourn therein.
Psalm 88:4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
89:10 Thou hast crushed Rahab as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with the arm of thy strength. (DBY)
Isa 19:24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:
25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.
Zec 14:18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Re 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; Awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago. Was it not Thou who cut Rahab in pieces, Who pierced the dragon?
Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon (not Rahab) that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.
Revelation 12:3-4 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
13 - 17 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
13:1-2 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 17:5 And on her forehead there was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are the seven mountains where the woman sits
Jer 48:36 (AV) Therefore mine heart shall sound for Moab like pipes, and mine heart shall sound like pipes for the men of Kirheres: because the riches that he hath gotten are perished.
Gala 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there cannot be slave nor free man, there cannot be male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are of Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise.
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
Rev 5:6 And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having been slain , having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent
forth into all the earth.
6:9 And when He opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and because of the testimony which they had. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Master, holy and true, will You not judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth? 11 And to each of them was given a white robe; and it was said to them that they should rest yet a little while, until also the number of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed, even as they were, is completed.
Matt 10:39 He who finds his soul-life shall lose it , and he who loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it .
16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall lose it ; but whoever loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it .
Mk 8:34 And He called the crowd to Him with His disciples and said to them, If anyone wants to follow after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall lose it ; but whoever will lose his soul-life for My sake and the gospel's shall save it .
Lk 9:23 And He said to them all, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 For whoever wants to save his soul-life shall lose it ; but whoever loses his soul-life for My sake, this one shall save it
17:33 Whoever seeks to preserve his soul-life will lose it , and whoever loses it will preserve it alive.
John 12:24-26 Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his soul-life loses it ; and he who hates his soul-life in this world shall keep it unto eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant will be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Roma 6:4-13 We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have grown together with Him in the likeness of His death, indeed we will also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be annulled, that we should no longer serve sin as slaves; 7 For he who has died is justified from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, 9 Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more; death lords it over Him no more. 10 For the death which He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life which He lives, He lives to God. 11 So also you, reckon yourselves to be dead to sin, but living to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Do not let sin therefore reign in your mortal body so that you obey the body's lusts; 13 Neither present your members as weapons of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as alive from the dead, and your members as weapons of righteousness to God.
7:4-6 So then, my brothers, you also have been made dead to the law through the body of Christ so that you might be joined to another, to Him who has been raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit to God. 5 For when we were in the flesh, the passions for sins, which acted through the law, operated in our members to bear fruit to death. 6 But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held, so that we serve in newness of spirit and not in oldness of letter.
8:10-14 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you. 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors not to the flesh to live according to the flesh; 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you must die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
36-39 As it is written, ``For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughter.'' 37 But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor things present nor things to come nor powers 39 Nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gal 2:19 For I through law have died to law that I might live to God. 20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
Eph 4:22 That you put off, as regards your former manner of life, the old man, which is being corrupted according to the lusts of the deceit, 23 And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind 24 And put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and holiness of the reality. 25 Therefore having put off the lie, speak truth each one with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
5:25 Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her 26 That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word, 27 That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way the husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his own wife loves himself.
Phil 2:3 Doing nothing by way of selfish ambition nor by way of vainglory, but in lowliness of mind considering one another more excellent than yourselves; 4 Not regarding each his own virtues, but each the virtues of others also. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped, 7 But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men; 8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross. 9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
3:3 For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh,
7 But what things were gains to me, these I have counted as loss on account of Christ. 8 But moreover I also count all things to be loss on account of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as refuse that I may gain Christ 9 And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is out of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is out of God and based on faith, 10 To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Col 2:11 In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12 Buried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were raised together with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, though dead in your offenses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our offenses;
3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry;
Ps 118:10 All the nations turned
around to Me
in the Lord's name
because I cause them
to be circumcised.
11 They turn around unto Me,
also around to Me
in the Lord's name
for I cause them
to be circumcised.
12 They turned around
to Me like bees,
quenched as fire in thorns
in the name of the Lord
because I cause them to be circumcised.
John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water gushing up into eternal life.
John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. 39 But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
1Cor 12:13 For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit.
Psal 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. 9 For with thee [is] the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
46:4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
Reve 21:6 And He said to me, They have come to pass. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give to him who thirsts from the spring of the water of life freely.
22:1 And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street. 2 And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely.
Esther 1:8 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the
officers of his house, that they should do according to every man
Exodus 36:4 And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;
Leviticus 15:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean.
17:3 What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
8 And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,
10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.
18:6 No man shall draw nigh to any of his near kindred to uncover their nakedness; I am the Lord.
20:2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
22:4 What man soever of the seed of Aaron is a leper, or hath a running issue; he shall not eat of the holy things, until he be clean. And whoso toucheth any thing that is unclean by the dead, or a man whose seed goeth from him;
18 Speak unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whatsoever he be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, that will offer his oblation for all his vows, and for all his freewill offerings, which they will offer unto the LORD for a burnt offering;
24:15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.
LXX Numbers 1:4 And with you there shall be each one of the rulers according to the tribe of each: they shall be according to the houses of their families.
4:19 But thus do unto them, that they may live, and not die, when they approach unto the most holy things: Aaron and his sons shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service and to his burden:
49 According to the commandment of the LORD they were numbered by the hand of Moses, every one according to his service, and according to his burden: thus were they numbered of him, as the LORD commanded Moses.
5:12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man's wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,
9:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD.
Ezekiel 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
7 For every one
of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and
cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:
Isaiah 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honorable.
1 Samuel 2:25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.
Ezekiel 18:8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,
Ephesians 2:19 - 3:6 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles -- 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,
Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem above is free, which is our mother; 27 For it is written, ``Rejoice, barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not travailing, because many are the children of her who is desolate rather than of her who has her husband.''
Heb 12:22 But you have come forward to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem; and to myriads of angels, to the universal gathering; 23 And to the church of the firstborn, who have been enrolled in the heavens; and to God, the Judge of all; and to the spirits of righteous men who have been made perfect; 24 And to Jesus, the Mediator of a new covenant; and to the blood of sprinkling, which speaks something better than that of Abel.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he? 5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born from above.
Rev 14:1 And I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion , and with Him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harp-singers playing on their harps. 3 And they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been purchased from the earth. 4 These are they who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He may go. These were purchased from among men as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth no lie was found; they are without blemish.
-copyright Steve Miller 10/22/2010