Psalm 87 – New International Version (NIV)
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.”
a. Psalm 87:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 6.
b. Psalm 87:4 A poetic name for Egypt
c. Psalm 87:4 That is, the upper Nile region
d. 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.”
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Psalm 87 – King James Version (KJV)
A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.
- His foundation is in the holy mountains.
- The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
- Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
- I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: Behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; This man was born there.
- And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: And the highest himself shall establish her.
- The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, That this man was born there. Selah.
- As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: All my springs are in thee.