Psalm 87 (86)
17God loves the gates of Zion. The psalmist recalls that God has chosen Jerusalem-Zion as the capital of his people and the mother of the nations.
17 He himself has built it in his holy mountain;
2 the Lord prefers the gates of Zion
2 to all of Jacob’s towns.
3 Great things have been foretold
3 of you, O city of God:
4 Between friends we speak of Egypt and Baby lon;
4 and also Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia:
4 “Here so-and-so was born.”
5 But of Zion it shall be said,
5 “More and more are being born in her.”
5 For the Most High himself has founded her.
6 And the Lord notes in the people’s register:
6 “All these were also born in Zion.”
7 And all will dance and sing
7 joyfully for you.