1 A Psalm of the sons of Korach; a Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.
א לִבְנֵי קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר שִׁיר יְסוּדָתוֹ בְּהַרְרֵי קֹדֶשׁ.
87:2 The gates of Zion
This short psalm praises God’s connection to Zion. In order to express the Lord’s love for Jerusalem, the psalmist writes: “The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.” The wall surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City, built by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1538, has several gates in its perimeter. Zion Gate, in Hebrew ‘shaar tzion,’ has the oldest Biblical name, though the Arab name for this gate is ‘David’s Gate,’ referring to the location of David’s tomb. Modern Israeli history regards Zion gate as quite significant, as it was through this gate that in 1948, the Palmach Brigade of the Israeli Army broke into the old city and released the Jewish quarter from its isolation. The Jordanians, however, re-conquered the old city in 1948, and Jews were forced to leave the gates of Jerusalem for the next 19 years. It wasn’t until it was re-captured during the 1967 Six Day War that Jews were again able to enter the Old City of Jerusalem.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah
ג נִכְבָּדוֹת מְדֻבָּר בָּךְ עִיר הָאֱלֹהִים סֶלָה.
ד אַזְכִּיר רַהַב וּבָבֶל לְיֹדְעָי הִנֵּה פְלֶשֶׁת וְצֹר עִם כּוּשׁ זֶה יֻלַּד שָׁם.
5 But of Tzion it shall be said: ‘This man and that was born in her; and the Most High Himself doth establish her.’
ה וּלְצִיּוֹן יֵאָמַר אִישׁ וְאִישׁ יֻלַּד בָּהּ וְהוּא יְכוֹנְנֶהָ עֶלְיוֹן.
6 Hashem shall count in the register of the peoples: ‘This one was born there.’ Selah
ו יְהוָה יִסְפֹּר בִּכְתוֹב עַמִּים זֶה יֻלַּד שָׁם סֶלָה.
7 And whether they sing or dance, all my thoughts are in thee.
ז וְשָׁרִים כְּחֹלְלִים כָּל מַעְיָנַי בָּךְ.