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.

References for Psalms 87:2

    • a 87:2 - Hebrew He loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. See note on 44:4 .
      3 O city of God, what glorious things are said of you! Interlude
      4 I will count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me— also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia. They have all become citizens of Jerusalem!

      References for Psalms 87:4

        • b 87:4 - Hebrew 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.
        • c 87:4 - Hebrew Cush.
          5 Regarding Jerusalem it will be said, “Everyone enjoys the rights of citizenship there.” And the Most High will personally bless this city.

          References for Psalms 87:5

            • d 87:5 - Hebrew Zion.
              6 When the LORD registers the nations, he will say, “They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” Interlude
              7 The people will play flutes and sing, “The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”

              References for Psalms 87:7

                • e 87:7 - Or will dance.