Psalm 87:6
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New International Version
The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: "This one was born in Zion."

New Living Translation
When the LORD registers the nations, he will say, "They have all become citizens of Jerusalem." Interlude

English Standard Version
The LORD records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah

New American Standard Bible
The LORD will count when He registers the peoples, "This one was born there." Selah.

King James Bible
The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He registers the peoples, the LORD will record," This one was born there." Selah

International Standard Version
The LORD will record, as he registers the peoples, "This one was born there." Interlude

NET Bible
The LORD writes in the census book of the nations, "This one was born there." (Selah)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah will recount in the book for the peoples: “This One was born there”!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD will record this in the Book of Nations: "Every race [claims that it] was born there." [Selah]

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD shall count when he writes up the peoples that this one was born there. Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD shall count, when he registers the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

American King James Version
The LORD shall count, when he writes up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

American Standard Version
Jehovah will count, when he writeth up the peoples, This one was born there. Selah

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord shall tell in his writings of peoples and of princes, of them that have been in her.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah will count, when he inscribeth the peoples, This [man] was born there. Selah.

English Revised Version
The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the peoples, this one was born there. Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

World English Bible
Yahweh will count, when he writes up the peoples, "This one was born there." Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah doth recount in the describing of the peoples, 'This one was born there.' Selah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people; rather, the peoples, (see ver. 4). That this man was born there. He shall enregister every individual among the converted nations as a true citizen of Zion, entitled to all covenant privileges.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord shall count when he writeth up the people, Not in the Lamb's book of life; for that was written from eternity, Revelation 13:8 but in the writing of the house of Israel, among the living in Jerusalem, and with his righteous ones; which is done at effectual calling, and when admitted members of Gospel churches, whereby they openly appear to be the children of God, and are taken into the list and catalogue of saints; see Ezekiel 13:9 or in the last day, when the Lord will take the number of his people,

and cause them again to pass under the rod of him that telleth them; and will make up his jewels, complete the number of them in conversion, and collect them all together; and his counting and writing them may denote his exact knowledge of them, and his care that he lose none; but this will only concern regenerate persons; the Lord will not count nor make any account of any others, as follows:

that this man was born there; and the man that is born in Zion, even every regenerate man, will be counted and numbered by him, and declared to be his, when he makes a general survey and muster of his saints another day.

Selah. See Gill on Psalm 3:2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. The same idea is set forth under the figure of a register made by God (compare Isa 4:3).

Psalm 87:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
His Foundation is in the Holy Mountains
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. 7Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, "All my springs of joy are in you."
Cross References
Psalm 69:28
May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.

Isaiah 4:3
Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 10:24
Therefore this is what the Lord, the LORD Almighty, says: "My people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians, who beat you with a rod and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.

Ezekiel 13:9
My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD shall count, when he writes up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.

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Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

Isaiah 4:3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that …

Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through …

Ezekiel 13:9 And my hand shall be on the prophets that see vanity, and that divine …

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject …

Philippians 4:3 And I entreat you also, true yoke fellow, help those women which …

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him…

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Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you …

Galatians 4:26-31 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all…

Revelation 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into …

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