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Psalm 87New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Psalm 87[a]

Zion the True Birthplace

A psalm of the Korahites. A song.


    His foundation is on holy mountains,
The Lord loves the gates[b] of Zion
    more than any dwelling in Jacob.
Glorious things are said of you,
    O city of God!


Rahab and Babylon I count
    among those who know me.
See, Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia,
    “This one was born there.”
[c]And of Zion it will be said:
    “Each one was born in it.”
The Most High will establish it;
    the Lord notes in the register of the peoples:
    “This one was born there.”
So singers and dancers:
    “All my springs are in you.”


  1. Psalm 87 A song of Zion, like Ps 46; 48; 76; 132.
  2. 87:2 The gates: the city itself, a common Hebrew idiom.
  3. 87:5–6 The bond between the exile and the holy city was so strong as to override the exile’s citizenship of lesser cities.
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