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Psalm 87

A song of the sons of Korah.

He laid His foundation on the sacred mountains.
The Eternal loves Zion’s gates;
    He prefers it over any other place where Jacob’s descendants make their homes.
Spectacular things are said about you,
    O Jerusalem, city of the True God.


God says, “I tell of some who know Me in Egypt[b] and Babylon;
    behold, My people are in Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia[c] too:
    ‘This person was born there.’”

It is said of Zion,
    “This person and that person were born in her.”
    The Most High God has established that city and makes her strong.
When keeping track of His people, the Eternal surely notices,
    “This one was born in Zion.”


Those who sing and those who dance will say together,
    “All my fountains of joy are in You.”


  1. 87:3 Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
  2. 87:4 Hebrew, Rahab, a poetic reference to Egypt
  3. 87:4 Hebrew, Cush

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