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Psalm 78

Psa. 78:68 KJV (With Strong’s)

But chose
bachar (Hebrew #977)
properly, to try, i.e. (by implication) select
KJV usage: acceptable, appoint, choose (choice), excellent, join, be rather, require.
Pronounce: baw-khar'
Origin: a primitive root
the tribe
shebet (Hebrew #7626)
a scion, i.e. (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan
KJV usage: X correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.
Pronounce: shay'-bet
Origin: from an unused root probably meaning to branch off
of Judah
Yhuwdah (Hebrew #3063)
celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory
KJV usage: Judah.
Pronounce: yeh-hoo-daw'
Origin: from 3034
k, the mount
har (Hebrew #2022)
a mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively)
KJV usage: hill (country), mount(-ain), X promotion.
Pronounce: har
Origin: a shortened form of 2042
Tsiyown (Hebrew #6726)
Tsijon (as a permanent capital), a mountain of Jerusalem
KJV usage: Zion.
Pronounce: tsee-yone'
Origin: the same (regularly) as 6725
l which he loved
'ahab (Hebrew #157)
a primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise)
KJV usage: (be-)love(-d, -ly, -r), like, friend.
Pronounce: aw-hab'
Origin: or raheb {aw-habe'}

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Ministry on This Verse

 Sovereign grace is the only resource of God if He is to bless man. All dealings, however gracious, fail of their object. He loves His people, but He has no resource for blessing them but His own grace. (Practical Reflections on the Psalms: Psalms 78-80 by J.N. Darby)
 {v.68-70} In sovereignty He “chose” the tribe of Judah, the Mount Zion for His sanctuary, and David to feed His people. Zion thus becomes the symbol of grace, and David the type of Christ, the One through whom all the grace is ministered. (Psalms 78 by H. Smith)

J. N. Darby Translation

But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved;