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In Praise of Jerusalem[a]

87 The Lord built his city on the sacred hill;[b]
    more than any other place in Israel
    he loves the city of Jerusalem.
Listen, city of God,
    to the wonderful things he says about you:

“I will include Egypt and Babylonia
    when I list the nations that obey me;
the people of Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia[c]
    I will number among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”

Of Zion it will be said
    that all nations belong there
    and that the Almighty will make her strong.
The Lord will write a list of the peoples
    and include them all as citizens of Jerusalem.
They dance and sing,
    “In Zion is the source of all our blessings.”


  1. Psalm 87:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by the clan of Korah; a song.
  2. Psalm 87:1 See 2.6.
  3. Psalm 87:4 Hebrew Cush: Cush is the ancient name of the extensive territory south of the First Cataract of the Nile River. This region was called Ethiopia in Graeco-Roman time, and included within its borders most of modern Sudan and some of present-day Ethiopia (Abyssinia).