Psalm 87

Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

He has founded his city on the holy mountain.(A)
The Lord loves the gates of Zion(B)
    more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

Glorious things are said of you,
    city of God:[a](C)
“I will record Rahab[b](D) and Babylon
    among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia(E) too, and Tyre(F), along with Cush[c]
    and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”[d](G)
Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her,
    and the Most High himself will establish her.”
The Lord will write in the register(H) of the peoples:
    “This one was born in Zion.”

As they make music(I) they will sing,
    “All my fountains(J) are in you.”


  1. Psalm 87:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.
  2. Psalm 87:4 A poetic name for Egypt
  3. Psalm 87:4 That is, the upper Nile region
  4. Psalm 87:4 Or “I will record concerning those who acknowledge me: / ‘This one was born in Zion.’ / Hear this, Rahab and Babylon, / and you too, Philistia, Tyre and Cush.”

Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,(A)
    who have ears but are deaf.(B)
All the nations gather together(C)
    and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold(D) this
    and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
    so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,(E)” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant(F) whom I have chosen,
so that you may know(G) and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god(H) was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.(I)
11 I, even I, am the Lord,(J)
    and apart from me there is no savior.(K)
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god(L) among you.
You are my witnesses,(M)” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days(N) I am he.(O)
No one can deliver out of my hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”(P)

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13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,(A) I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy(B) and save(C) some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation(D) to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?(E) 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits(F) is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 If some of the branches have been broken off,(G) and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others(H) and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.(I) 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.(J) Do not be arrogant,(K) but tremble.(L) 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

22 Consider therefore the kindness(M) and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue(N) in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.(O) 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.(P) 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree,(Q) how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

All Israel Will Be Saved

25 I do not want you to be ignorant(R) of this mystery,(S) brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited:(T) Israel has experienced a hardening(U) in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,(V) 26 and in this way[a] all Israel will be saved.(W) As it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion;
    he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[b] my covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”[c](X)

28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies(Y) for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,(Z) 29 for God’s gifts and his call(AA) are irrevocable.(AB)

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  1. Romans 11:26 Or and so
  2. Romans 11:27 Or will be
  3. Romans 11:27 Isaiah 59:20,21; 27:9 (see Septuagint); Jer. 31:33,34

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