This psalm is a song that the sons of Korah wrote.
God's holy city
87:1This psalm is about Zion, God's special home. Zion was the name of the hill on which King Solomon built the temple. The writer looks ahead to a time when people from many nations will worship God. Then they will belong to God's city, as God's people. They will say, ‘I was born there.’
1 The Lord built his city on the holy mountain.
2 The Lord loves Zion city,
more than any other place where Jacob's family lives.
87:2Jacob's family means the Israelite people.
3 People say great things about you!
You are God's own city!
4 I will speak about the nations that serve God.
Rahab and Babylon are now among them,
also Philistia, Tyre and Ethiopia.
87:4Rahab is another name for Egypt.
They say about themselves,
‘This man was born in Zion.’
5 They say this about Zion:
‘Each one of these people was born there.’
It is the Most High God who makes that city strong.
6 The Lord will write a list of all their names.
For the people from different nations,
he will say, ‘This person was born in Zion.’
7 The singers and the musicians will say,
‘All our blessings come from you, Zion.’