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Psalm 87 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Fountains of Joy

87 A prophetic song, composed by the sons of Korah
High upon his hills of holiness stands God’s city.[a]
How God loves the gates of Zion, his favorite place on earth.[b]
So many glorious things have been proclaimed
over Zion, God’s holy city!
Pause in his presence
For the Lord says, “Here are the nations
who will acknowledge me as God:[c]
Egypt,[d] Iraq,[e] Palestine,[f] and the Mediterranean people,[g]
even distant Ethiopia.
They will all boast, ‘I was born in Zion!’ ”
But over Zion it will be said,
“The mighty Man was born there and he will establish it.”[h]
For the God Most High will truly bless Jerusalem.
And when he counts her citizens, recording them in his registry,
he will write by their name: “This one was born again here!”
Pause in his presence
And the princes of God’s feasts will sing and dance,[i] singing,
“Every fountain of delight springs up from your life within me!”


  1. Psalm 87:1 The Aramaic reads “His foundations are in his holy mountains.”
  2. Psalm 87:2 Or “The Lord loves Zion’s gates more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.”
  3. Psalm 87:4 This is in anticipation of the nations of the earth coming to know Christ as the eternal King. See also Ps. 86:9.
  4. Psalm 87:4 Or “the proud one,” which is a title given to Egypt. See Isa. 30:7.
  5. Psalm 87:4 Or “Babylon,” which means “gate of God.”
  6. Psalm 87:4 Or “Philistia,” which means “land of sojourners.”
  7. Psalm 87:4 Or “Tyre,” which means “a rock.”
  8. Psalm 87:5 As translated from the Aramaic. The Hebrew reads “Each one is born in Zion, and the Most High makes her secure.”
  9. Psalm 87:7 As translated from the Aramaic.
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