New International Reader's Version

Psalm 87

Psalm 87

A psalm of the Sons of Korah. A song.

The Lord has built his city
    on the holy mountain.
He loves the city of Zion
    more than all the other places
    where the people of Jacob live.
City of God,
    the Lord says glorious things about you.
He says, “I will include Egypt and Babylon
    in a list of nations who recognize me as king.
I will also include Philistia and Tyre, along with Cush.
    I will say about them, ‘They were born in Zion.’ ”

Certainly it will be said about Zion,
    “This nation and that nation were born in it.
    The Most High God himself will make it secure.”
Here is what the Lord will write in his list of the nations.
    “Each of them was born in Zion.”
As they make music they will sing,
    “Zion, all our blessings come from you.”

The Message

Psalm 87

A Korah Psalm

11-3 He founded Zion on the Holy Mountain—
    and oh, how God loves his home!
Loves it far better than all
    the homes of Jacob put together!
God’s hometown—oh!
    everyone there is talking about you!

I name them off, those among whom I’m famous:
    Egypt and Babylon,
    also Philistia,
    even Tyre, along with Cush.
Word’s getting around; they point them out:
    “This one was born again here!”

The word’s getting out on Zion:
    “Men and women, right and left,
    get born again in her!”

God registers their names in his book:
    “This one, this one, and this one—
    born again, right here.”

Singers and dancers give credit to Zion:
    “All my springs are in you!”