Psalm 87 New International Version

The Privileges of Dwelling in Zion

87 1  He has founded his city on the holy mountain. 2  The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. 3  Glorious things are said of you, city of God:[1]

4  "I will record Rahab[2] and Babylon among those who acknowledge me- Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush[3] - and will say, 'This one was born in Zion.' "[4] 5  Indeed, of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her." 6  The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: "This one was born in Zion." 7  As they make music they will sing, "All my fountains are in you."


[1] 87:3 The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.

[2] 87:4 A poetic name for Egypt

[3] 87:4 That is, the upper Nile region

[4] 87:4 Or ""I will record concerning those who acknowledge me:" / "'This one was born in Zion.'" / "Hear this, Rahab and Babylon," / "and you too, Philistia, Tyre and Cush.""

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