A song. A psalm of the descendants of Korah.
4 I will count Egyptb 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 Jerusalemd 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.”
7 The people will play flutese and sing,
“The source of my life springs from Jerusalem!”
a. 87:2 Hebrew He loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. See note on 44:4.
b. 87:4a 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. 87:4b Hebrew Cush.
d. 87:5 Hebrew Zion.
e. 87:7 Or will dance.