.....The most extraordinary city on earth
..................Its name has a mystical meaning -

...........................'The City possessing Peace'


So far, its people have probably enjoyed less Peace than most

........................... .............

...........................and have more unrealised promises of Peace than any other






Last modified March 2013 - Topic 7.12
Peace City
Jerusalem -
The Holy City
Israel - The Jews
The Circumcision

Opposition & Destiny

The uestion is -

Jerusalem - Zion
(Old Testament)

Do I have to be prepared for adventure to be in the families of The Maker's Peace City?
- Genesis 12 : 1

When things go wrong, people let me down and I'm getting no nearer to my city, can I look for The Maker's help discover His plans?
-Genesis 45 : 4.


What detail should I look for in making plans to take further ground from the Enemy?
- 2 Samuel 5 : 6.


Should I make myself responsible and available if appointed to office under God The Maker?
- 1 Chronicles 9 : 1







Is God The Maker's City of Peace just a tourist attraction?
Or should I see i differently?
- Psalm 48 : 1.


Is God The Maker's City of Peace central in God The Maker's world geography?
- Psalm 50 : 1.

What should I ask God The Maker to do for His City of Peace just at this time?
- Psalm 51 : 18

What can I hope that God The Maker will do for His City of Peace just at this time?
- Psalm 53 : 6

Why is Zion, Salem, Israel, Judah, central to God The Maker's economy on Earth?
- Psalm 76 : 1

Must I accept that it is my fault when God The Maker's presence and help is withdrawn in time of trouble?
- Psalm 79 : 1

Can I get to be counted as one of The Maker's citizens?
- Psalm 87 : 1

Do I figure inThe Maker's plans for citizenship of Peace City?
- Psalm 102 : 1

How does Jesus, The King, figure in The Maker's plans?
- Psalm 110 : 1

What can I do about the strife and unrest in Jerusalem / Israel ?
- Psalm 122 : 1

What is the dominant feature of Jerusalem - Zion - The Maker's Peace City?
- Psalm 125 : 1

Why does The Maker plan so much good for His Peace City?
- Psalm 132 : 11

Why does The Maker's Peace City exert such an emotional pull?
- Psalm 137 : 1

What makes the families of The Maker's Peace City specially privileged?
- Psalm 147 : 12

When God The Maker uses the Bad to punish His special people, who suffers?
- Isaiah 10 : 5




Are there political implications to God The Maker's plans for His special people?
- Isaiah 14 : 1


Will God The Maker's special people have obeisance paid to them by foreign nations infamous for their cruel aggression?
- Isaiah 18 : 1


What is the secret of having a strong, rock-like faith and a qiiet mind?
- Isaiah 26 : 1

When I am knackered what comfort can I get from the personal dealings and promises of God The Maker with the people of His Peace City?
- Isaiah 29 : 1


  How can I have peace, rule of law and order, security and permanence?
- Isaiah 33 : 20.

What can I do to get myself, my family and other people into The Maker's kingdom, city and benefits?
- Isaiah 40 : 9

Why are righteousness and judgment pre-eminent in God The Maker's kingdom and safety?
- Isaiah 46 : 9

What can I do when people use The Maker's Name as a swear word or as if it were funny?
- Isaiah 52 : 1

Is it possible to achieve excellence and rightness in this world of trouble?
- Isaiah 65 : 17

What hope is there for the future of Peace City in today's atmosphere of Godlessness and violence?
- Lamentations 2 : 13



How does God The Maker make His own city very dear and personal to myself and every person wanting to be really intimate with Him? Are families important to my concept of owning land in His family?
- Ezekiel 48 : 30

What do the people of The Maker's Peace City need to be doing?
- Micah 4 : 8

Does The Maker intend good for me and for all His people?
- Zechariah 1 : 16

Israel - The Jews
The Circumcision

(New Testament)

To be a citizen of The Maker's City, do I have to be a Jew?
- Matthew 8 : 11

Was Jerusalem, the Holy City going to know Peace?
- Luke 19 : 41

Is it OK to trust in my jewishness, if I am a jew, and provided that I keep all the law?
- Romans 2 : 12.

If I am not a jew, but I keep all the law, What then?
- Romans 2 : 24.

What does a jew have over me?
- Romans 3 : 1


Is it better to be a Jew and a citizen of The Maker's City or not to be a Jew and a citizen of The Maker's People?
- Romans 4 : 1



Are all Jews citizens of The Maker's city?
- Romans 9 : 1

Is it possible that I could miss my opportunity of getting to know God The Maker?
Romans 10 : 19

Should I join up with any exclusive sect?
- Galatians 2 :3


To be a citizen of The Maker's City, do I have to keep all of the Jews Law or do I have to have faith?
- Galatians 3 : 6.

What comes down if I get to trust in Law rather than in Jesus Christ?
- Galatians 5 : 1

Is going back to observing the Old Law a serioous thing to do?
- Galatians 5 : 7

How do I deal with people who tell me that I've got to become a Jew to be admitted to The Maker's citizenship?
- Galatians 6 : 12

What is the most I can go for as a member of The Maker's family and citizen of HisCity? What do I have to beware of?
- Philippians 3 : 2.

What's the Big Deal in citizenship of The Maker's city and Kingdom?
- Hebrews 12 : 22

What is the Big Spin-off of citizenship of The Maker's city and Kingdom?
- 1 Peter 2 : 6.

Israel - The Jews - The Circumcision
(Old Testament)

How much is God The Maker committed to His special people, the Jews?
- Jeremiah 13 : 1.

What is God The Maker's great Masterplan for His people, Israel?
- Joel 3 : 16

Should I be listening for a 'roar' from Jerusalem the 'City of Peace'?
- Amos 1 : 1.

What is the City of Peace principal long-term promise?
- Amos 9 : 14.

Will Jerusalem, God The Maker'sPeace City have a special significance of safety and rescue in the End of Time?
- Obadiah 1 : 17

Is the re-establishment of Peace City merely figurative or for real?
- Obadiah 1 : 20

Does God The Maker have plasns to bring His special people together in their own country?
- Micah 2 : 12.

What should I be doing while waiting on God The Maker?
- Micah 4 : 9

What comes down if I don't respond to the help The Maker offers? And what is the outcome for the poor people remaining at the End?
- Zephaniah 3 : 1





What's the outlook for The Maker's Peace City? -
- Zechariah 8 : 1

Does The Maker's Peace City have a special place in His affections?
- Zechariah 12 : 1


What is going to happen to The Maker's Peace City at the end of time?
Zechariah 14 : 10

Jerusalem - Opposition & Destiny (New Testament)

Will Jerusalem, the Holy City finally come out on top? When?
- Luke 21 : 24

Will The Maker's Peace City be saved, put right, rstored in the End?
- Romans 11 : 25

  How does Jerusalem today compare with the peace promised to the City at The End of Time?
- Revelation 22 : 1

Jerusalem - Opposition & Destiny (Old Testament)

Did The Maker's Peace City have to be taken by force in the early days of the occupation of what we now know as the Holy Land?
- Judges 1 : 8

Will The Maker's Peace City be forgiven for all its wrongs if any of its leaders, governors and kings humble themselves and turn around to follow God The Maker?
- 2 Chronicles 33 : 1 ( 2 Kings 21 : 1 )




Has The Maker's Peace City always encountered opposition?
- Ezra 4 : 6





When I do God The Maker's work on my own account and without reference to Him. is He pleased - or not?
- Isaiah 22 : 1




What cause is at the heart of Peace City's threatened destruction?
- Jeremiah 4 : 9

Will The Maker's Peace City be in its own land? -
- Jeremiah 23 : 7

Will God The Maker be reconciled to His People in the end ? -
- Jeremiah 50 : 17




When I realise my wretchedness, does it a good thing to call out to God The Maker and seek His relief? -
- Lamentations 1 : 1






Will The Maker's Peace City win in the End?
- Micah 5 : 7

A - What The Maker's Manual says -

Jerusalem - Zion - The Holy City (Old Testament)

Genesis 12 : 1 - Now Jehovah said to Abram, Get out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you: and I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and be a blessing; and I will bless them that bless you, and him that curses you will I curse: and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed. So Abram went, as Jehovah had spoken to him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

Genesis 45 : 4 - And Joseph said to his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. And now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years has the famine been in the land: and there are yet five years, in which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Haste, and go up to my father, and say to him, Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt: come down to me, tarry not; and you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shalt be near to me, you, and your children, and your children's children, and your flocks, and your herds, and all that you have: and there will I nourish you; for there are yet five years of famine; lest you come to poverty, you, and your household, and all that you have. And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. And you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen: and you shall haste and bring down my father hither. And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. And he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him. And the report thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to your brethren, This do : lade your beasts, and go, get you to the land of Canaan; and take your father and your households, and come to me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt,

2 Samuel 5 : 6 - And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, Except you take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in hither; thinking, David cannot come in hither. Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. And David said on that day, Whoever smites the Jebusites, let him get up to the watercourse, and smite the lame and the blind, that are hated of David’s soul. Wherefore they say, There are the blind and the lame; he cannot come into the house. And David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. And David waxed greater and greater; for Jehovah, the God of hosts, was with him. And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house. And David perceived that Jehovah had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake. And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron; and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. And these are the names of those that were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia, and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet.

1 Chronicles 9 : 1 - So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel: and Judah was carried away captive to Babylon for their transgression. Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the Nethinim. And in Jerusalem dwelt of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of Ephraim and Manasseh: Uthai the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, of the children of Perez the son of Judah. And of the Shilonites: Asaiah the first-born, and his sons. And of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel, and their brethren, six hundred and ninety. And of the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hassenuah, and Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, and Elah the son of Uzzi, the son of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah;
and their brethren, according to their generations, nine hundred and fifty and six. All these men were heads of fathers’ houses by their fathers’ houses. And of the priests: Jedaiah, and Jehoiarib, Jachin, and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God; and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasai the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer; and their brethren, heads of their fathers’ houses, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God. And of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari; and Bakbakkar, Heresh, and Galal, and Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph, and Obadiah the son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, that dwelt in the villages of the Netophathites. And the porters: Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and their brethren (Shallum was the chief), who hitherto waited in the king’s gate eastward: they were the porters for the camp of the children of Levi. And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, of his father’s house, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent: and their fathers had been over the camp of Jehovah, keepers of the entry. ( 20 ) And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was ruler over them in time past, and Jehovah was with him. Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was porter of the door of the tent of meeting. All these that were chosen to be porters in the thresholds were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their office of trust. So they and their children had the oversight of the gates of the house of Jehovah, even the house of the tent, by wards. On the four sides were the porters, toward the east, west, north, and south. And their brethren, in their villages, were to come in every seven days from time to time to be with them: for the four chief porters, who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God. And they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge thereof was upon them; and to them pertained the opening thereof morning by morning. And certain of them had charge of the vessels of service; for by count were these brought in and by count were these taken out. Some of them also were appointed over the furniture, and over all the vessels of the sanctuary, and over the fine flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices. ( 30 ) And some of the sons of the priests prepared the confection of the spices. And Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the first-born of Shallum the Korahite, had the office of trust over the things that were baked in pans. And some of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the showbread, to prepare it every sabbath. And these are the singers, heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites, who dwelt in the chambers and were free from other service; for they were employed in their work day and night. ( 34 ) These were heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites, throughout their generations, chief men: these dwelt at Jerusalem.

Psalm 48 : 1 -
Great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, in his holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, The city of the great King. God has made himself known in her palaces for a refuge. For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together. They saw it, then were they amazed; They were dismayed, they hasted away. Trembling took hold of them there, Pain, as of a woman in travail. With the east wind You break the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen In the city of Jehovah of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. We have thought on your lovingkindness, O God, In the midst of your temple. As is your name, O God, So is your praise to the ends of the earth: Your right hand is full of righteousness.Let mount Zion be glad, Let the daughters of Judah rejoice, Because of your judgments. Walk about Zion, and go round about her; Number the towers thereof; Mark well her bulwarks; Consider her palaces: That you may tell it to the generation following. For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even to death.

Psalm 50 : 1 - The Mighty One, God, Jehovah, has spoken, And called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined forth.

Psalm 51 : 18 - Do good in your good pleasure to Zion: Build you the walls of Jerusalem. Then will you delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, In burnt-offering and in whole burnt-offering: Then will they offer bullocks upon your altar.

Psalm 53 : 6 - Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God brings back the captivity of his people, Then shall Jacob rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Psalm 76 : 1 - In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, And his dwelling-place in Zion. There he broke the arrows of the bow; The shield, and the sword, and the battle. [Selah] Glorious are you and excellent, From the mountains of prey. The stout hearted are made a spoil, They have slept their sleep; And none of the men of might have found their hands. At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both chariot and horse are cast into a deep sleep.

Psalm 79 : 1 - God, the nations are come into your inheritance; Your holy temple have they defiled; They have laid Jerusalem in heaps. The dead bodies of your servants have they given to be food unto the birds of the heavens, The flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth. Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; And there was none to bury them. We are become a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and derision to them that are round about us. How long, O Jehovah? will you be angry for ever? Shall your jealousy burn like fire? Pour out thy wrath upon the nations that know thee not, And upon the kingdoms that call not upon thy name. For they have devoured Jacob, And laid waste his habitation. Remember not against us the iniquities of our forefathers: Let your tender mercies speedily meet us; For we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; And deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake. Wherefore should the nations say, Where is their God? Let the avenging of the blood of your servants which is shed Be known among the nations in our sight. Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you: According to the greatness of your power preserve you those that are appointed to death; And render to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom Their reproach, wherewith they have reproached you, O Lord.

Psalm 87 : 1 - His foundation is in the holy mountains. Jehovah loves the gates of Zion More than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon as among them that know me: Behold, Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia: This one was born there. Yes, of Zion it shall be said, This one and that one was born in her; And the Most High himself will establish her. Jehovah will count, when he writes up the peoples, This one was born there. Selah They that sing as well as they that dance shall say, All my fountains are in you.

Psalm 102 : 12 - But you, O Jehovah, wilt abide for ever; And your memorial name to all generations.You will arise, and have mercy upon Zion; For it is time to have pity upon her, Yes, the set time is come. For your servants take pleasure in her stones, And have pity upon her dust. So the nations shall fear the name of Jehovah, And all the kings of the earth your glory. For Jehovah has built up Zion; He has appeared in his glory. He has regarded the prayer of the destitute, And has not despised their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come; And a people which shall be created shall praise Jehovah. For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; From heaven did Jehovah behold the earth; To hear the sighing of the prisoner; To loose those that are appointed to death; That men may declare the name of Jehovah in Zion, And his praise in Jerusalem; When the peoples are gathered together, And the kingdoms, to serve Jehovah.(23)

Psalm 110 : 1 - Jehovah says to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, Until I make your enemies your footstool. Jehovah will send forth the rod of your strength out of Zion: Rule in the midst of your enemies. Your people offer themselves willingly In the day of your power, in holy array: Out of the womb of the morning You have the dew of your youth. Jehovah has sworn, and will not repent: You are a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek.

Psalm 122 : 1 - A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Our feet shall stand within your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love you. Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within you. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.

Psalm 125 : 1 -  ( A Song of degrees ) They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands to iniquity. Do good, O LORD, to those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.

Psalm 132 : 11 - For Jehovah has chosen Zion; He has desired it for his habitation. This is my resting-place for ever: Here will I dwell; For I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. Her priests also will I clothe with salvation; And her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for my anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame; But upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Psalm 137 : 1 - By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yes, we wept, When we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst thereof We hanged up our harps. For there they that led us captive required of us songs, And they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing Jehovah's song In a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget her skill. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I remember you not; If I prefer not Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

Psalm 147 : 12 - Praise Jehovah, O Jerusalem; Praise your God, O Zion. For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. He makes peace in your borders; He fills you with the finest of the wheat. He sends out his commandment upon earth; His word runs very swiftly. He gives snow like wool; He scatters the hoar-frost like ashes. He casts forth his ice like morsels: Who can stand before his cold? He sends out his word, and melts them: He causes his wind to blow, and the waters flow.He shows his word to Jacob, His statutes and his ordinances to Israel. He has not dealt so with any nation; And as for his ordinances, they have not known them. Praise Jehovah.

Isaiah 10 : 5 - Ho Assyrian, the rod of my anger, the staff in whose hand is my indignation! I will send him against a profane nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Howbeit he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few. For he says, Are not my princes all of them kings? Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus? As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; shall I not, as I have done to Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? Wherefore it shall come to pass, that, when the Lord has performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. For he has said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I have understanding: and I have removed the bounds of the peoples, and have robbed their treasures, and like a valiant man I have brought down them that sit on thrones: and my hand has found as a nest the riches of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that are forsaken, have I gathered all the earth: and there was none that moved the wing, or that opened the mouth, or chirped. Shall the axe boast itself against him that hews therewith? shall the saw magnify itself against him that wields it? as if a rod should wield them that lift it up, or as if a staff should lift up him that is not wood. Therefore will the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory there shall be kindled a burning like the burning of fire.And the light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it will burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day.
(18) And he will consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and it shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth. And the remnant of the trees of his forest shall be few, so that a child may write them.

Isaiah 14 : 1 - For Jehovah will have compassion on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the sojourner shall join himself with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. And the peoples shall take them, and bring them to their place; and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of Jehovah for servants and for handmaids: and they shall take them captive whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. And it shall come to pass in the day that Jehovah shall give you rest from your sorrow, and from your trouble, and from the hard service wherein you were made to serve, that you shall take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! Jehovah has broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers; that smote the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yes, the fir-trees rejoice at you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since you are laid low, no hewer is come up against us. Sheol from beneath is moved for you to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you, even all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall answer and say to you, Are you also become weak as we? are you become like to us? Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, and the noise of your viols: the worm is spread underyou, and worms cover you.

Isaiah 18 : 1 - Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia; that sends ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of papyrus upon the waters, saying, Go, you swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation that metes out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide! All you inhabitants of the world, and you dwellers on the earth, when an ensign is lifted up on the mountains, see you; and when the trumpet is blown, hear you. For thus has Jehovah said to me, I will be still, and I will behold in my dwelling-place, like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and the spreading branches will he take away and cut down. They shall be left together to the ravenous birds of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth; and the ravenous birds shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them. In that time shall a present be brought to Jehovah of hosts from a people tall and smooth, even from a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation that metes out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of Jehovah of hosts, the mount Zion.

Isaiah 26 : 1 - In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: we have a strong city; salvation will he appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open you the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you; because he trusts in you. Trust you in Jehovah for ever; for in Jehovah, even Jehovah, is an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 29 : 1 - Ho Ariel, Ariel, the city where David encamped! add you year to year; let the feasts come round: then will I distress Ariel, and there shall be mourning and lamentation; and she shall be to me as Ariel. And I will encamp against you round about, and will lay siege against you with posted troops, and I will raise siege works against you. And you shall be brought down, and shall speak out of the ground, and your speech shall be low out of the dust; and your voice shall be as of one that has a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and your speech shall whisper out of the dust. But the multitude of your foes shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones as chaff that passes away: yes, it shall be in an instant suddenly. She shall be visited of Jehovah of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire. And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her stronghold, and that distress her, shall be as a dream, a vision of the night. And it shall be as when a hungry man dreams, and, behold, he eats; but he awakes, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreams, and, behold, he drinks; but he awakes, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul has appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.

Isaiah 33 : 20 - Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: your eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. But there Jehovah will be with us in majesty, a place of broad rivers and streams, wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. For Jehovah is our judge, Jehovah is our lawgiver, Jehovah is our king; he will save us.

Isaiah 40 : 9 - O you that tell good tidings to Zion, get up on a high mountain; O you that tell good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold, your God! Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him: Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and will gently lead those that have their young.

Isaiah 46 : 9 - Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes my counsel from a far country: yes, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. Hearken to me, you stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

Isaiah 52 : 1 - Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit on your throne, O Jerusalem: loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus says Jehovah, You were sold for nought; and you shall be redeemed without money. For thus says the Lord Jehovah, My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there: and the Assyrian has oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what do I here, says Jehovah, seeing that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them do howl, says Jehovah, and my name continually all the day is blasphemed. Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that does speak; behold, it is I.

Isaiah 65 : 17 - For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people; and there shall be heard in her no more the voice of weeping and the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days; for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for calamity; for they are the seed of the blessed of Jehovah, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass that, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, says Jehovah.

Lamentations 2 : 13 - What shall I testify to you? what shall I liken to you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I compare to you, that I may comfort yo, O virgin daughter of Zion? For your breach is great like the sea: who can heal you? Your prophets have seen for you false and foolish visions; And they have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captivity, But have seen for you false oracles and causes of banishment. All that pass by clap their hands at you; They hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men called The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth? All your enemies have opened their mouth wide against you; They hiss and gnash the teeth; they say, We have swallowed her up; Certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it. Jehovah has done that which he purposed; He has fulfilled his word that he commanded in the days of old; He has thrown down, and has not pitied: And he has caused the enemy to rejoice over you; He has exalted the horn of your adversaries. Their heart cried to the Lord: O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night; Give yourself no respite; let not the apple of your eye cease.( 19 ) Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street. Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom you have done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord? The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; you have slain them in the day of your anger; you have killed, and not pitied. ( 22 ) You have called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD’S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up has my enemy consumed.

Ezekiel 48 : 30 - And these are the egresses of the city: On the north side four thousand and five hundred reeds by measure; and the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel, three gates northward: the gate of Reuben, one; the gate of Judah, one; the gate of Levi, one. And at the east side four thousand and five hundred reeds, and three gates: even the gate of Joseph, one; the gate of Benjamin, one; the gate of Dan, one. And at the south side four thousand and five hundred reeds by measure, and three gates: the gate of Simeon, one; the gate of Issachar, one; the gate of Zebulun, one. At the west side four thousand and five hundred reeds, with their three gates: the gate of Gad, one; the gate of Asher, one; the gate of Naphtali, one. ( 35 End ) It shall be eighteen thousand reeds round about: and the name of the city from that day shall be, Jehovah is there.

Micah 4 : 8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the hill of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, yea, the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem. Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail; for now shall you go forth out of the city, and shall dwell in the field, and shalt come even to Babylon: there shall you be rescued; there will Jehovah redeem you from the hand of your enemies. And now many nations are assembled against you, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye see our desire upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of Jehovah, neither understand they his counsel; for he has gathered them as the sheaves to the threshing-floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs brass; and you shall beat in pieces many peoples: and I will devote their gain to Jehovah, and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth.

Zechariah 1 : 16 - Therefore thus says Jehovah: I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies; my house shall be built in it, says Jehovah of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem. Cry yet again, saying, Thus says Jehovah of hosts: My cities shall yet overflow with prosperity; and Jehovah shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.(17)

Israel - The Jews - The Circumcision (New Testament)

Matthew 8 : 11 - And I say to you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast forth into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

Luke 19 : 41 - And when he drew nigh, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, If you had known in this day, even you, the things which belong to peace! but now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies shall cast up a bank about you, and compass you round, and keep you in on every side, and shall dash you to the ground, and your children within you; and they shall not leave in you one stone upon another; because you knew not the time of your visitation.

Romans 2 : 12 - For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without the law: and as many as have sinned under the law shall be judged by the law; for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified: (for when Gentiles that have not the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are the law to themselves; in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness therewith, and their thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing them); in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ. But if you bear the name of a Jew, and rest upon the law, and glory in God, and know his will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, and are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them that are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth; you therefore that teach another, teach you not yourself? you that preach a man should not steal, do you steal? You that say a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You that abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who glory in the law, through your transgression of the law dishonor you God?

Romans 2 : 24 - For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you, even as it is written. For circumcision indeed profits, if you be a doer of the law: but if you be a transgressor of the law, your circumcision is become uncircumcision. If therefore the uncircumcision keep the ordinances of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned for circumcision? and shall not the uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge you, who with the letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the law? For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Romans 3 : 1 - What advantage then has the Jew? or what is the profit of circumcision? Much every way: first of all, that they were intrusted with the oracles of God. For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God? God forbid: yes, let God be found true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you might be justified in your words, And might prevail when you come into judgment. But if our righteousness commends the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who visits with wrath? (I speak after the manner of men.) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? But if the truth of God through my lie abounded to his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? and why not (as we are slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say), Let us do evil, that good may come? whose condemnation is just. What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;

Romans 4 : 1 - What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has whereof to glory; but not toward God. For what says the scripture? And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness. Now to him that works, the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but as of debt. But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned for righteousness. Even as David also pronounces blessing upon the man, to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, And whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom, the Lord will not reckon sin. Is this blessing then pronounced upon the circumcision, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say, To Abraham his faith was reckoned for righteousness. How then was it reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision: and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while he was in uncircumcision; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be in uncircumcision, that righteousness might be reckoned to them; and the father of circumcision to them who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham which he had in uncircumcision. For not through the law was the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he should be heir of the world, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they that are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of none effect: for the law works wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there transgression. For this cause it is of faith, that it may be according to grace; to the end that the promise may be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

Romans 9 : 1 - I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience bearing witness with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing pain in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were anathema from Christ for my brethren's sake, my kinsmen according to the flesh: who are Israelites; whose is the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom is Christ as concerning the flesh, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. But it is not as though the word of God has come to nought. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel: neither, because they are Abraham's seed, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall your seed be called. That is, it is not the children of the flesh that are children of God; but the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed.

Romans 10 : 19 - But I say, Did Israel not know? First Moses says, I will provoke you to jealousy with that which is no nation, With a nation void of understanding will I anger you. And Isaiah is very bold, and says, I was found of them that sought me not; I became manifest to them that asked not of me. But as to Israel he says, All the day long did I spread out my hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Galatians 2 : 3 - But not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: and that because of the false brethren privily brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: to whom we gave place in the way of subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. But from those who were reputed to be somewhat (whatever they were, it makes no matter to me: God accepts not man's person) --they, I say, who were of repute imparted nothing to me: but contrariwise, when they saw that I had been intrusted with the gospel of the uncircumcision, even as Peter with the gospel of the circumcision (for he that wrought for Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision wrought for me also to the Gentiles); and when they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, they who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcision; only they would that we should remember the poor; which very thing I was also zealous to do.

Galatians 3 : 6 - Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness. Know therefore that they that are of faith, the same are sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, In you shall all the nations be blessed. So then they that are of faith are blessed with the faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one who continues not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them. Now that no man is justified by the law before God, is evident: for, The righteous shall live by faith; and the law is not of faith; but, He that does them shall live in them.

Galatians 5 : 1 - For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say to you, that, if you receive circumcision, Christ will profit you nothing. Yes, I testify again to every man that receives circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you would be justified by the law; you are fallen away from grace. For we through the Spirit by faith wait for the hope of righteousness.

Galatians 5 : 7 - You were running well; who hindered you that you should not obey the truth? This persuasion came not of him that calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence to you-ward in the Lord, that you will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he be. But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? then has the stumbling-block of the cross been done away. I would that they that unsettle you would even go beyond circumcision.

Galatians 6 : 12 - As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised; only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For not even they who receive circumcision do themselves keep the law; but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as shall walk by this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. Henceforth, let no man trouble me; for I bear branded on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Philippians 3 : 2 - Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision: for we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh: though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh: if any other man thinks to have confidence in the flesh, I yet more: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. Yes verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith:

Hebrews 12 : 22 - but you are come to mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.

1 Peter 2 : 6 - You also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Because it is contained in scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: And he that believes on him shall not be put to shame.

Israel - The Jews - The Circumcision (Old Testament)

Jeremiah 13 : 1 - Thus says Jehovah to me, Go, and buy you a linen girdle, and put it upon your loins, and put it not in water. So I bought a girdle according to the word of Jehovah, and put it upon my loins. And the word of Jehovah came to me the second time, saying, Take the girdle that you have bought, which is upon your loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock. So I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as Jehovah commanded me. And it came to pass after many days, that Jehovah said to me, Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded you to hide there. Then I went to the Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it; and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing. Then the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thus says Jehovah, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, that refuse to hear my words, that walk in the stubbornness of their heart, and are gone after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is profitable for nothing. For as the girdle cleaves to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave to me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, says Jehovah; that they may be to me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

Joel 3 : 16 - And Jehovah will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but Jehovah will be a refuge to his people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel. So shall you know that I am Jehovah your God, dwelling in Zion my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall flow with waters; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of Jehovah, and shall water the valley of Shittim. Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence done to the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall abide for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. And I will cleanse their blood, that I have not cleansed: for Jehovah dwells in Zion.

Amos 1 : 1 - The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
2 And he said, Jehovah will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the pastures of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

Amos 9 : 14 - And I will bring back the captivity of my people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them, says Jehovah your God.

Obadiah 1 : 17 - But in mount Zion there shall be those that escape, and it shall be holy; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Obadiah 1 : 20 - And the captives of this host of the children of Israel, that are among the Canaanites, shall possess even unto Zarephath; and the captives of Jerusalem, that are in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the South. And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be Jehovah's.

Micah 2 : 12 - I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of you; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the midst of their pasture; they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker is gone up before them: they have broken forth and passed on to the gate, and are gone out thereat; and their king is passed on before them, and Jehovah at the head of them.

Micah 4 : 9 - Now why do y ou cry out aloud? Is there no king in you, is your counsellor perished, that pangs have taken hold of you as of a woman in travail? Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail; for now shalt you go forth out of the city, and shalt dwell in the field, and shall come even to Babylon: there shall you be rescued; there will Jehovah redeem you from the hand of your enemies. And now many nations are assembled against you, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye see our desire upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of Jehovah, neither understand they his counsel; for he has gathered them as the sheaves to the threshing-floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make your horn iron, and I will make you hoofs brass; and you shall beat in pieces many peoples: and I will devote their gain to Jehovah, and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth. Now shalt you gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops: he has laid siege against us; they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

Zephaniah 3 : 1 - Woe to her that is rebellious and polluted! to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in Jehovah; she drew not near to her God. Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave nothing till the morrow.Her prophets are light and treacherous persons; her priests have profaned the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.Jehovah in the midst of her is righteous; he will not do iniquity; every morning he brings his justice to light, he fails not; but the unjust knows no shame. I have cut off nations; their battlements are desolate; I have made their streets waste, so that none passes by; their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, so that there is no inhabitant. I said, Only fear me; receive correction; so her dwelling shall not be cut off, according to all that I have appointed concerning her: but they rose early and corrupted all their doings. Therefore wait you for me, says Jehovah, until the day that I rise up to the prey; for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them my indignation, even all my fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then will I turn to the peoples of a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Jehovah, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring my offering. In that day shall you not be put to shame for all your doings, wherein you have transgressed against me; for then I will take away out of the midst of you your proudly exulting ones, and you shall no more be haughty in my holy mountain. But I will leave in the midst of you an afflicted and poor people, and they shall take refuge in the name of Jehovah. The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. Jehovah has taken away your judgments, he has cast out your enemy: the King of Israel, even Jehovah, is in the midst of you; you shall not fear evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not; O Zion, let not your hands be slack. Jehovah your God is in the midst of you, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over you with singing. I will gather them that sorrow for the solemn assembly, who were of you; to whom the burden upon her was a reproach. Behold, at that time I will deal with all them that afflict you; and I will save that which is lame, and gather that which was driven away; and I will make them a praise and a name, whose shame has been in all the earth. At that time will I bring you in, and at that time will I gather you; for I will make you a name and a praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I bring back your captivity before your eyes, says Jehovah.

Zechariah 8 : 1 - And the word of Jehovah of hosts came to me, saying, Thus says Jehovah of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. Thus says Jehovah: I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called The city of truth; and the mountain of Jehovah of hosts, The holy mountain. Thus says Jehovah of hosts: There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. Thus says Jehovah of hosts: If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvellous in my eyes? says Jehovah of hosts. Thus says Jehovah of hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; and I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.

Zechariah 12 : 1 - The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus says Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the peoples round about, and upon Judah also shall it be in the siege against Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples; all that burden themselves with it shall be sore wounded; and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered together against it. In that day, says Jehovah, I will smite every horse with terror, and his rider with madness; and I will open my eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the chieftains of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in Jehovah of hosts their God. In that day will I make the chieftains of Judah like a pan of fire among wood, and like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they shall devour all the peoples round about, on the right hand and on the left; and they of Jerusalem shall yet again dwell in their own place, even in Jerusalem. Jehovah also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem be not magnified above Judah. In that day shall Jehovah defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of Jehovah before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14 : 10 - All the land shall be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she shall be lifted up, and shall dwell in her place, from Benjamin's gate to the place of the first gate, to the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel to the king's wine-presses. And men shall dwell therein, and there shall be no more curse; but Jerusalem shall dwell safely.

Jerusalem - Opposition & Destiny (New Testament)

Luke 21: 24 - And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all the nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled

Romans 11 : 25 - For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part has befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in; and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: And this is my covenant to them, When I shall take away their sins. As touching the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sake.

Revelation 22 : 1 - And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the midst of the street thereof. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no curse any more: and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be therein: and his servants shall serve him; and they shall see his face; and his name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall be night no more; and they need no light of lamp, neither light of sun; for the Lord God shall give them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Jerusalem - Opposition & Destiny (Old Testament)

Judges 1 : 8 - And the children of Judah fought against Jerusalem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire. And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites that dwelt in the hill-country, and in the South, and in the lowland. And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron (now the name of Hebron beforetime was Kiriath-arba); and they smote Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.(10 )

2 Chronicles 33 : 1 ( 2 Kings 21 : 1 )  Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem: But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses. So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel. And the LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed to him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God. Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah. And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet to the LORD their God only. Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers that spoke to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel. His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers. So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead ( 20 End ).

Ezra 4 : 6 - And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem. And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian character, and set forth in the Syrian tongue. Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort: then wrote Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions, the Dinaites, and the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Shushanchites, the Dehaites, the Elamites, and the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Osnappar brought over, and set in the city of Samaria, and in the rest of the country beyond the River, and so forth. This is the copy of the letter that they sent to Artaxerxes the king: Your servants the men beyond the River, and so forth. Be it known to the king, that the Jews that came up from you are come to us to Jerusalem; they are building the rebellious and the bad city, and have finished the walls, and repaired the foundations. Be it known now to the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and in the end it will be hurtful to the kings. Now because we eat the salt of the palace, and it is not meet for us to see the king’s dishonor, therefore have we sent and certified the king; that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: so shall you find in the book of the records, and know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful to kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time; for which cause was this city laid waste. We certify the king that, if this city be builded, and the walls finished, by this means you shall have no portion beyond the River. Then sent the king an answer to Rehum the chancellor, and to Shimshai the scribe, and to the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and in the rest of the country beyond the River: Peace, and so forth. The letter which you sent to us has been plainly read before me. And I decreed, and search has been made, and it is found that this city of old time has made insurrection against kings, and that rebellion and sedition have been made therein. There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, who have ruled over all the country beyond the River; and tribute, custom, and toll, was paid to them. Make you now a decree to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not builded, until a decree shall be made by me. And take heed that you be not slack herein: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings? Then when the copy of king Artaxerxes’ letter was read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went in haste to Jerusalem to the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power. Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem; and it ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.

Isaiah 22 : 1 - The burden of the valley of vision. What ails you now, that you are wholly gone up to the housetops? O you that are full of shoutings, a tumultuous city, a joyous town; your slain are not slain with the sword, neither are they dead in battle. All your rulers fled away together, they were bound by the archers; all that were found of you were bound together; they fled afar off. Therefore said I, Look away from me, I will weep bitterly; labor not to comfort me for the destruction of the daughter of my people. For it is a day of discomfiture, and of treading down, and of perplexity, from the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, in the valley of vision; a breaking down of the walls, and a crying to the mountains. And Elam bore the quiver, with chariots of men and horsemen; and Kir uncovered the shield. And it came to pass, that your choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen set themselves in array at the gate. And he took away the covering of Judah; and you did look in that day to the armor in the house of the forest. And you saw the breaches of the city of David, that they were many; and you gathered together the waters of the lower pool; and you numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall; You made also a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you looked not to him that had done this, neither had you respect to him that purposed it long ago. And in that day did the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: and behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine: let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we shall die. And Jehovah of hosts revealed himself in my ears, Surely this iniquity shall not be forgiven you till you die, says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts. Thus says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, Go, get you to this treasurer, even to Shebna, who is over the house, and say, What do you here? and whom have you here, that you have hewed you out here a sepulchre? hewing him out a sepulchre on high, graving a habitation for himself in the rock! Behold, Jehovah, like a strong man, will hurl you away violently; yes, he will wrap you up closely. He will surely wind you round and round, and toss you like a ball into a large country; there shalt you die, and there shall be the chariots of your glory, you shame of your lord’s house. And I will thrust you from your office; and from your station shall you be pulled down.( 19 )

Jeremiah 4 : 9 - And it shall come to pass at that day, says Jehovah, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder. Then said I, Ah, Lord Jehovah! surely you havegreatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, You shall have peace; whereas the sword reaches to the life. At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A hot wind from the bare heights in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow, nor to cleanse; a full wind from these shall come for me: now will I also utter judgments against them. Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as the whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! for we are ruined. O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you? For a voice declares from Dan, and publishes evil from the hills of Ephraim: make you mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah. As keepers of a field are they against her round about, because she hath been rebellious against me, saith Jehovah. ( 18 ) Your way and your doings have procured these things to you; this is your wickedness; for it is bitter, for it reaches to your heart.

Jeremiah 23 : 7 - Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD lives, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD lives, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land ( 8  ).

Jeremiah 50 : 17 - Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria has devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones. Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria. And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead. In those days, and in that time, says the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod: slay and utterly destroy after them, says Jehovah, and do according to all that I have commanded you. A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction. How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! I have laid a snare for you, and you are also taken, O Babylon, and you were not aware: you are found, and also caught, because you have striven against Jehovah. Jehovah has opened his armory, and has brought forth the weapons of his indignation; for the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, has a work to do in the land of the Chaldeans. Come against her from the utmost border; open her store-houses; cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly; let nothing of her be left. Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe to them! for their day is come, the time of their visitation. The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of Jehovah our God, the vengeance of his temple. Call together the archers against Babylon, all them that bend the bow; encamp against her round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she has done, do to her; for she has been proud against Jehovah, against the Holy One of Israel. ( 30 ) Therefore shall her young men fall in her streets, and all her men of war shall be brought to silence in that day, says Jehovah. Behold, I am against you, O you proud one, says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts; for your day is come, the time that I will visit you. And the proud one shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up; and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all that are round about him ( 32 ) .

Lamentations 1 : 1 - How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! She is become as a widow, that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces is become tributary! She weeps sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; Among all her lovers she has none to comfort her: All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they are become her enemies. Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude; She dwells among the nations, she finds no rest: All her persecutors overtook her within the straits. The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn assembly; All her gates are desolate, her priests do sigh: Her virgins are afflicted, and she herself is in bitterness. Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies prosper; For Jehovah has afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: Her young children are gone into captivity before the adversary. And from the daughter of Zion all her majesty is departed: Her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, And they are gone without strength before the pursuer. Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that were from the days of old: When her people fell into the hand of the adversary, and none did help her, The adversaries saw her, they did mock at her desolations. Jerusalem has grievously sinned; therefore she is become as an unclean thing; All that honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: Yes, she sighs, and turns backward. Her filthiness was in her skirts; she remembered not her latter end; Therefore is she come down wonderfully; she has no comforter: Behold, O Jehovah, my affliction; for the enemy has magnified himself. The adversary has spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: For she has seen that the nations are entered into her sanctuary, Concerning whom you didy command that they should not enter into your assembly. All her people sigh, they seek bread; They have given their pleasant things for food to refresh the soul: See, O Jehovah, and behold; for I am become abject. Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow, which is brought upon me, Wherewith Jehovah has afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. From on high has he sent fire into my bones, and it prevails against them; He has spread a net for my feet, he has turned me back: He has made me desolate and faint all the day. The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand; They are knit together, they are come up upon my neck; He has made my strength to fail: The Lord has delivered me into their hands, against whom I am not able to stand. The Lord has set at nought all my mighty men in the midst of me; He has called a solemn assembly against me to crush my young men: The Lord has trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah. For these things I weep; my eye, my eye runs down with water; Because the comforter that should refresh my soul is far from me: My children are desolate, because the enemy has prevailed. ( 17 ) Zion spreads forth her hands; there is none to comfort her; Jehovah has commanded concerning Jacob, that they that are round about him should be his adversaries: Jerusalem is among them as an unclean thing. The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity. I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls. Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; my heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaves, at home there is as death. They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that you have done it: you wilt bring the day that you have called, and they shall be like to me. Let all their wickedness come before you; and do to them, as you have done to me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.

Micah 5 : 7 - And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarries not for man, nor waits for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treads down, and tears in pieces, and none can deliver.Your hand shall be lifted up upon your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off.

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