PSALM 87#A song of Zion, like Ps 46; 48; 76; 132.
Zion the True Birthplace
1#a. [87:1–2] Ps 76:2–3; 78:68–69.A psalm of the Korahites. A song.
His foundation is on holy mountains,
2The Lord loves the gates#The gates: the city itself, a common Hebrew idiom. of Zion
more than any dwelling in Jacob.
3Glorious things are said of you,
O city of God!Selah
4Rahab and Babylon I count
among those who know me.
See, Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia,
“This one was born there.”
5#The bond between the exile and the holy city was so strong as to override the exile’s citizenship of lesser cities.And of Zion it will be said:
“Each one was born in it.”#b. [87:5] Gal 4:26.
The Most High will establish it;#c. [87:5] Ps 48:9.
6the Lord notes in the register of the peoples:
“This one was born there.”#d. [87:6] Is 4:3.Selah
7So singers and dancers:
“All my springs are in you.”#e. [87:7] Ps 68:26; 149:3.