1 On the holy mountain stands the city founded by the Lord. 2 He loves the city of Jerusalem more than any other city in Israel.[a] 3 O city of God, what glorious things are said of you! Interlude
4 I will count Egypt[b] and Babylon among those who know me— also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia.[c] They have all become citizens of Jerusalem! 5 Regarding Jerusalem[d] it will be said, “Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.” And the Most High will personally bless this city. 6 When the Lord registers the nations, he will say, “They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” Interlude
7 The people will play flutes[e] and sing, “The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”
87:2Hebrew He loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. See note on 44:4.
87:4aHebrew Rahab, the name of a mythical sea monster that represents chaos in ancient literature. The name is used here as a poetic name for Egypt.
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