Old Testament

Psalm 87
Psalm 87
The Glorious City
By the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.
The Holy City
1The city he founded is on the holy mountains.
2The Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.
3Glorious things are spoken about you, O City of God. Interlude
Its Citizens
4I will register Rahab[] and Babylon among those who know me.
Look! Philistia and Tyre are there, along with Cush!
Of them I say, “This one was born there in Zion.”[]
5And about Zion it will be said,
“This one and that one were born in her,
and the Most High himself will establish her.”
6When he registers the peoples,
the Lord will write:
“This one was born there.” Interlude
7Then the singers, as they dance, will sing,
“All my springs are in you.”


  • 87:4 Rahab here is a name for Egypt, which is pictured as a sea monster.
  • 87:4 The words of them I say and in Zion are added to clarify the antecedents.