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Feb 18, 2016

וַיִּלְכֹּ֣ד דָּוִ֔ד אֵ֖ת מְצֻדַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הִ֖יא עִ֥יר דָּוִֽד׃

But David captured the stronghold of Tzion; it is now the City of David.

va-yil-KOD da-VID AYT m'-tzu-DAT tzi-YON HEE EER da-VID

2 Samuel 5:7

וְדָוִ֡ד עֹלֶה֩ בְמַעֲלֵ֨ה הַזֵּיתִ֜ים עֹלֶ֣ה ׀ וּבוֹכֶ֗ה וְרֹ֥אשׁ לוֹ֙ חָפ֔וּי וְה֖וּא הֹלֵ֣ךְ יָחֵ֑ף וְכׇל־הָעָ֣ם אֲשֶׁר־אִתּ֗וֹ חָפוּ֙ אִ֣ישׁ רֹאשׁ֔וֹ וְעָל֥וּ עָלֹ֖ה וּבָכֹֽה׃

David meanwhile went up the slope of the [Mount of] Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he walked barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and wept as they went up.

v'-da-VID o-LEH v'-ma-a-LAY ha-zay-TEEM o-LEH u-vo-KHEH v'-ROSH LO kha-FUY v'-HU ho-LAYKH ya-KHAYF v'-khol ha-AM a-sher i-TO kha-FU EESH ro-SHO v'-a-LU a-LOH u-va-KHOH

2 Samuel 15:30

וַיְהִ֗י אַֽחֲרֵי֙ מ֣וֹת שָׁא֔וּל וְדָוִ֣ד שָׁ֔ב מֵהַכּ֖וֹת אֶת־הָעֲמָלֵ֑ק וַיֵּ֧שֶׁב דָּוִ֛ד בְּצִֽקְלָ֖ג יָמִ֥ים שְׁנָֽיִם׃

After the death of ShaulDavid had already returned from defeating the Amalekites—David stayed two days in Tziklag.

vai-HI, a-kha-RAY mot sha-UL, v'-da-VID sha-V, me-ha-KOT et ha-a-ma-LEK, va-YAY-shev da-VID b'-tzi-K'-LAG ya-MIM sh'-NA-yim

2 Samuel 1:1

The word Jerusalem appears over 600 times in the Bible.  This map features places in and around Jerusalem that are mentioned in the Bible, specifically in II Samuel 5:7, 15:30 and Jeremiah 1:1.

Jerusalem is the capital of modern-day Israel and the ancestral capital of the Jews (See the ancient boundaries of Israel).  King David chose Jerusalem to be the capital of his kingdom after conquering the city from the Jebusites (II Samuel 5:7), and it remained the capital of the Kingdom of Judah after the split of the Israelite kingdom.   Even while most of the Land of Israel was conquered, Jerusalem remained part of the Kingdom of Judah until the exile and the destruction of the Temple at the hands of the Babylonians (II Kings 25), and it was here where Jeremiah delivered his prophecies to the Children of Israel (Jeremiah 2:2).

  1. The City of David is the archeological site of ancient Jerusalem.  It is here where David established his throne after conquering the city from the Jebusites (II Samuel 5:7).
  2. The Temple Mount is the site where the Holy Temple stood.  It is considered by Jews to be the holiest place earth, and is also sacred to Christians and Muslims.  Isaiah prophesied about it: “And it shall come to pass in the end of days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established as the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it” (Isaiah 2:2).
  3. Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem.  King David ascended this mountain with tears in his eyes as he ran from Avshalom his son (II Samuel 15:30).
  4. Anatot was a city of priests in the land of the tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 21:18).  It was located just north of Jerusalem and was the prophet Jeremiah’s hometown (Jeremiah 1:1).
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