A song of ascent, Psalm 122 was recited (or sung) by the Jewish people as they made the trek to Jerusalem three times a year for the feasts. They were anxious to go “up to Jerusalem” for those special times of fellowship with God.
We’re studying Psalm 122 this week and focus on verses 2-3 today:
2 Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,
3 Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together
“…a city that is compact together” is an interesting phrase, translated many different ways: “joined together,” “bound together,” “knitted together,” “compact together,” and “solidly joined.” But a literal translation is: “joined to itself together.” The Hebrew word “חֻבְּרָה” appears only once in the entire Bible – here.
It is a word that means “friend,” and has the connotation of joining together. Just as Exodus 26:11 indicates the curtains in the tabernacle were joined together as a single unit, so Jerusalem is joined together. Not to something else, but to itself!
If Jerusalem is joined or compacted together, there must be two parts! Jerusalem must have a “friend” or “companion!” Might that companion be another Jerusalem in heaven?
There is basis for that in the Hebrew language. Transliterated, YerushalAYIM = Jerusalem. Notice the suffix “AYIM.” It is plural! There is a Jerusalem here on earth, but also a new Jerusalem to come (Revelation 21:2). Two Jerusalems…”friends/companions!”
But here is another interesting tidbit regarding the joining together of Jerusalem to itself. The UN designated Jerusalem an international city in 1947. Yet, the war of 1948 resulted in Jordan taking control of East Jerusalem, leaving only West Jerusalem to the Jews. In 1967, however, Jerusalem was reunited when Israel won the Six Day War! Once again joining Jerusalem to itself!
Today, the battle continues to rage over Jerusalem. There is a constant “tearing” of the city, yet it is God’s Holy City and will ultimately not only be joined to itself on earth, but will be joined together spiritually with the new Jerusalem!
Pray for that city, dear friends!
See you tomorrow when we look at the next portion of Psalm 122!