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87 1-2 High on his holy mountain stands Jerusalem,[a] the city of God, the city he loves more than any other!

O city of God, what wondrous tales are told of you! Nowadays when I mention among my friends the names of Egypt and Babylonia, Philistia and Tyre, or even distant Ethiopia, someone boasts that he was born in one or another of those countries. But someday the highest honor will be to be a native of Jerusalem! For the God above all gods will personally bless this city. When he registers her citizens, he will place a check mark beside the names of those who were born here. And in the festivals they’ll sing, “All my heart is in Jerusalem.”


  1. Psalm 87:1 Jerusalem, literally, “Zion.”

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