Psalm 87:5
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New International Version
Indeed, of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her."

New Living Translation
Regarding Jerusalem it will be said, "Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there." And the Most High will personally bless this city.

English Standard Version
And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High himself will establish her.

New American Standard Bible
But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born in her"; And the Most High Himself will establish her.

King James Bible
And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And it will be said of Zion," This one and that one were born in her." The Most High Himself will establish her.

International Standard Version
Indeed, about Zion it will be said: "More than one person was born in it," and "The Most High himself did it."

NET Bible
But it is said of Zion's residents, "Each one of these was born in her, and the sovereign One makes her secure."

New Heart English Bible
Yes, of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one was born in her;" the Most High himself will establish her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And to Zion let it be said, “The Mighty Man was born in it and he will prepare it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But it will be said of Zion, "Every race is born in it. The Most High will make it secure."

JPS Tanakh 1917
But of Zion it shall be said: 'This man and that was born in her; And the Most High Himself doth establish her.'

New American Standard 1977
But of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”;
            And the Most High Himself will establish her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man were born in her; and the highest himself shall establish her.

King James 2000 Bible
And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

American King James Version
And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

American Standard Version
Yea, of Zion it shall be said, This one and that one was born in her; And the Most High himself will establish her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall not Sion say: This man and that man is born in her? and the Highest himself hath founded her.

Darby Bible Translation
And of Zion it shall be said, This one and that one was born in her; and the Most High himself shall establish her.

English Revised Version
Yea, of Zion it shall be said, This one and that one was born in her; and the Most High himself shall establish her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the Highest himself shall establish her.

World English Bible
Yes, of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one was born in her;" the Most High himself will establish her.

Young's Literal Translation
And of Zion it is said: Each one was born in her, And He, the Most High, doth establish her.
Study Bible
His Foundation is in the Holy Mountains
4"I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: 'This one was born there.'" 5But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born in her"; And the Most High Himself will establish her. 6The LORD will count when He registers the peoples, "This one was born there." Selah.…
Cross References
Psalm 31:21
Blessed be the LORD, For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.

Psalm 48:8
As we have heard, so have we seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish her forever. Selah.

Isaiah 10:24
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, "O My people who dwell in Zion, do not fear the Assyrian who strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did.

Isaiah 14:32
"How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it."
Treasury of Scripture

And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.

of Zion

Isaiah 44:4,5 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses…

Isaiah 60:1-9 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is …

John 1:12-14 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the …

John 3:3-5 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except …

Galatians 3:26-28 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus…

Hebrews 11:32-40 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of …

Hebrews 12:1,2,22-24 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

1 Peter 1:23,24 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, …

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Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the …

Matthew 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

(5) And of Zion . . .--This verse must be taken as antithetical to the preceding. The poet claims a prouder boast for natives of Jerusalem, because it was established by the Most High. Render, But of Zion it is said, "This man and that (literally, man and man) was born in her, and her the Most High established."

Verse 5. - And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her. A repetition, but emphatic, and perhaps intended to assert of individuals what in the preceding verse was said of nations. And the highest himself shall establish her; literally, and he, the highest, shall establish her (comp. Matthew 16:18). The Church is "established" on a Rock, forever. And of Zion it shall be said,.... The same with the city of God, the church before commended:

this and that man was born in her; this and that great man, in opposition to a mean person, in the preceding verse: "or a man and man" (d); men of all sorts, and of different nations, Jews and Gentiles, and great numbers of them:

and the Highest himself shall establish her; the church of God, though founded by him, and laid on a sure foundation, on the Rock of ages, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail, yet is sometimes fluctuating and unsettled;

it is tossed with tempests, the persecutions of men, the errors and heresies of false teachers, and the contentions and divisions of its own members; and is not always in one place, but is removed from one place to another, and is obliged to flee into the wilderness; but in the latter day it will be established and settled; it will be a tabernacle that shall not be taken down nor removed; but shall be established for ever, Psalm 89:37, and this is the work of God, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, whatever instruments he may make use of, as ministers of the word, and kings of the earth; as it is his work, and his only, to establish particular believers, 2 Corinthians 1:21, so it is his to establish the church in general: or it may be rendered, "he shall establish her on high" (e), which will be the case when she is established upon the top of the mountains, and exalted above the hills, Isaiah 2:2.

(d) "vir et vir", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Vatablus, Gejerus, Michaelis. (e) So the Targum, and Ainsworth. 5. The writer resumes—

This and that man—literally, "man and man," or many (Ge 14:10; Ex 8:10, 14), or all (Isa 44:5; Ga 3:28).

the highest … her—God is her protector.87:4-7 The church of Christ is more glorious and excellent than the nations of the earth. In the records of heaven, the meanest of those who are born again stand registered. When God renders to every man according to his works, he shall observe who enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. To them much was given, and of them much will be required. Let those that dwell in Zion, mark this, and live up to their profession. Zion's songs shall be sung with joy and triumph. The springs of the joy of a carnal worldling are in wealth and pleasure; but of a gracious soul, in the word of God and prayer. All grace and consolation are derived from Christ, through his ordinances, to the souls of believers.
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