Psalm 122:1-9

Its PROMINENCE in the Bible

Mentioned 811 times – not once in the Qur’an;
The word “Zion” refers to Jerusalem 152 times;
Called the “holy city” 10 times and the “city of God” twice; called the “city of truth” and “the city
of the great King” and “the city of Judah” and also
the “city of David.”

Its PRIORITY above all cities

Psalm 48:2 – “the joy of the whole earth, the city of the great King.” Psalm 137:5 refers to it as “my chief joy.” Psalm 87:2 says “The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.”

Its PRAISE in the earth

Isaiah 62:7 – “give Him no rest, till He establish,
And till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

Its PLACE in Jewish history

1. The place where Abraham was blessed by a
king and priest named Melchizedec over 4000
years ago – Genesis 14:18-19

2. The place where Adonizedek was king when
Joshua entered the land – Joshua 10:1

3. The place which was given to the tribe of
Judah by Joshua – Joshua 15:1, 8

4. The place which Judah and Benjamin could
not conquer from the Jebusites – Joshua 15:63; Judges 1:21

5. The place which King David took from the
Jebusites 3000 years ago – II Samuel 5:4-9

6. The place where King David purchased the
site of the Temple Mount from Aravnah the
Jebusite and built an altar there – II Samuel 24:18-25

7. The place where King David ruled for 33 years

8. The place where King Solomon built the
temple – II Chronicles. 3:1

9. The place where King Solomon ruled for 40
years – I Kings 11:42

10. The place where the kings of Judah ruled for
over 400 years and the place where they were

11. The place where Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city and its
temple in 586 BC – II Kings 24:10, 14; 25:9-10

12. The place to which Jewish captives returned
through the kindness of Cyrus, King of Persia

13. The place where Jewish refugees came under
the leadership of Ezra, Nehemiah, Zerubbabel,
and Joshua the high priest and rebuilt the city
and its walls

14. The place where Antiochus Epiphanes of the
Seleucid dynasty defiled the rebuilt temple, and a great Jewish revolt took place under Judas Maccabeus and cleansed the temple, giving us the celebration of Hanukkah – in the middle of the 2nd century BC…

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