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Psalm 87 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Psalm 87

Written by the Korahites; a psalm, a song.

The Lord’s city is in the holy hills.
The Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
People say wonderful things about you,
O city of God. (Selah)
I mention Rahab and Babylon to my followers.
Here are Philistia and Tyre, along with Ethiopia.
It is said of them, “This one was born there.”
But it is said of Zion’s residents,
“Each one of these was born in her,
and the sovereign One makes her secure.”
The Lord writes in the census book of the nations,
“This one was born there.” (Selah)
As for the singers, as well as the pipers—
all of them sing within your walls.

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Psalm 87 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 87

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

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

Glorious things are said of you,
    city of God:[a]
“I will record Rahab[b] and Babylon
    among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush[c]
    and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”[d]
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 of the peoples:
    “This one was born in Zion.”

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

Footnotes:

  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.”
New International Version (NIV)

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