Psalm 122:3
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New International Version
Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.

New Living Translation
Jerusalem is a well-built city; its seamless walls cannot be breached.

English Standard Version
Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together,

New American Standard Bible
Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is compact together;

King James Bible
Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jerusalem, built as a city should be, solidly joined together,

International Standard Version
Jerusalem stands built up, a city knitted together.

NET Bible
Jerusalem is a city designed to accommodate an assembly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Jerusalem is a building like a city surrounded with a wall.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jerusalem is built to be a city where the people are united.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jerusalem, that one which is built as a city that is well united together

King James 2000 Bible
Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together:

American King James Version
Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together:

American Standard Version
Jerusalem, that art builded As a city that is compact together;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together.

Darby Bible Translation
Jerusalem, which art built as a city that is compact together,

English Revised Version
Jerusalem, that art builded as a city that is compact together:

Webster's Bible Translation
Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together:

World English Bible
Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together;

Young's Literal Translation
Jerusalem -- the builded one -- Is as a city that is joined to itself together.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

122:1-5 The pleasure and profit from means of grace, should make us disregard trouble and fatigue in going to them; and we should quicken one another to what is good. We should desire our Christian friends, when they have any good work in hand, to call for us, and take us with them. With what readiness should we think of the heavenly Jerusalem! How cheerfully should we bear the cross and welcome death, in hopes of a crown of glory! Jerusalem is called the beautiful city. It was a type of the gospel church, which is compact together in holy love and Christian communion, so that it is all as one city. If all the disciples of Christ were of one mind, and kept the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, their enemies would be deprived of their chief advantages against them. But Satan's maxim always has been, to divide that he may conquer; and few Christians are sufficiently aware of his designs.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together; rather, Jerusalem that art builded. The primary reference is probably to the compact shape and look of the ancient city, which, as Josephus says, was "one and entire," with no straggling suburbs, shut in on the north by a wall, and on the three other sides both by walls and by deep, rocky valleys. But the material "compactness" was perhaps taken to symbolize the close internal union of the inhabitants one with another, whereby they were all knit together into one Church and people.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together. In David's time the upper and lower city were joined together, the streets regularly built, the houses contiguous, not straggling about, here and there one (c). So the church of God, like that, is built in a good situation, on a rock and hill, where it is firm and visible; like a city full of inhabitants, governed by wholesome laws, under proper officers; a free city, which enjoys many privileges and immunities; a well fortified one, having salvation for walls and bulwarks about it; a royal city, the city of the great King, the city of our God, the name of which is "Jehovahshammah", the Lord is there: and this is "compact together" when its citizens are united in affection to one another; agree in their religious sentiments; join in social worships, and live in subjection to one Head and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Jews often speak, and so some of their commentators on this passage, of a Jerusalem above and below, and of the one being made like unto the other: so the Targum,

"Jerusalem is built in the firmament as a city, as Jerusalem on earth;''

see Galatians 4:26.

(c) Hecataeus, an Heathen writer, describes Jerusalem as a strong fortified city, fifty furlongs in circumference; and inhabited by twelve myriads, or a hundred and twenty thousand men. Vid. Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3-5. compact together—all parts united, as in David's time.

Psalm 122:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Let Us Go to the Lord's House!
2Our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem, 3Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is compact together; 4To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD-- An ordinance for Israel-- To give thanks to the name of the LORD.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 5:9
David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward.

Nehemiah 4:6
So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

Psalm 48:13
consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation.

Psalm 147:2
The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together:

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2 Samuel 5:9 So David dwelled in the fort, and called it the city of David. And …

Ephesians 2:20,21 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus …

Ephesians 4:4-7 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one …

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, …

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