The Making of the City of the LORD. Jerusalem is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 14:18, a passage that tells us Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, the King of Salem. Shalem means be complete or peaceable in Hebrew. It is the root word of Yerushalem (Jerusalem) and of shalom (peace).
In Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence, Benatar quotes the Greek tragedian Sophocles (“Never to have been born is best / But if we must see the light, the next best / Is quickly returning whence we came”).
What is the nature of this song? It begins by describing God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness toward Israel, and it ends with a promise of vengeance, redemption, and atonement for God’s land and people.
We can see this at work even today. God is maintaining His state of being hidden from the people of Israel—but the Father is revealed through Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
Did you know? From 1604 to 1611, King James I sponsored an English translation of the Bible that became known as the Authorized King James Version.