15 Shallun son of Col-hozeh, chief of the district of Mitzpa, repaired the Fountain Gate; he rebuilt it and covered it, and set up its doors, locks, and bars, as well as the wall of the irrigation pool of the King’s Garden as far as the steps going down from the City of David.
v’-AYT SHA-ar ha-A-yin he-khe-ZEEK sha-LUN ben kol kho-ZEH SAR PE-lekh ha-mitz-PAH HU yiv-NE-nu vee-ta-l’-LE-nu v’-ya-a-MEED dal-to-TAV man-u-LAV uv-ree-KHAV v’-AYT kho-MAT b’-ray-KHAT ha-SHE-lakh l’-gan ha-ME-lekh v’-ad ha-ma-a-LOT ha-yo-r’-DOT may-EER da-VEED
3:15 As far as the steps going down from the City of David
The most extraordinary site where one can see the merging of biblical text with archeology is Jerusalem’s City of David National Park. Although identified in the mid-nineteenth century, many answers to biblical riddles still lay locked beneath its soil. In 2005, Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar discover a large stone structure that she believes to be the foundations of King David’s palace, illuminating the verse “David captured the stronghold of Tzion; it is now the City of David” (II Samuel 5:7). As one stands in this spot and gazes at the mountains in all directions, King David’s words come to life: “Yerushalayim, hills enfold it, and Hashem enfolds His people now and forever” (Psalms 125:2).