Psalm 87
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A song. A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

1On the holy mountain

stands the city founded by the LORD.

2He loves the city of Jerusalem

more than any other city in Israel.a

3O city of God,

what glorious things are said of you!


4I will count Egyptb and Babylon among those who know me—

also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia.c

They have all become citizens of Jerusalem!

5Regarding Jerusalemd it will be said,

“Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.”

And the Most High will personally bless this city.

6When the LORD registers the nations, he will say,

“They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.”


7The people will play flutese and sing,

“The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”

a87:2 Hebrew He loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. See note on 44:4.
b87:4a Hebrew Rahab, the name of a mythical sea monster that represents chaos in ancient literature. The name is used here as a poetic name for Egypt.
c87:4b Hebrew Cush.
d87:5 Hebrew Zion.
e87:7 Or will dance.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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