Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
O zion, that bringest good tidings
I first decreed to Zion, 'Look, here's what will happen!' I sent a herald to Jerusalem.
How delightful it is to see approaching over the mountains the feet of a messenger who announces peace, a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order to fulfill the Lord's message spoken through Jeremiah, the Lord stirred the mind of King Cyrus of Persia. He disseminated a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom, announcing in a written edict the following:
and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
But I ask, have they not heard? Yes, they have: Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
When Jotham heard the news, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim. He spoke loudly to the people below, "Listen to me, leaders of Shechem, so that God may listen to you!
1 Samuel 26:13
Then David crossed to the other side and stood on the top of the hill some distance away; there was a considerable distance between them.
2 Chronicles 13:4
Abijah ascended Mount Zemaraim, in the Ephraimite hill country, and said: "Listen to me, Jeroboam and all Israel!
O jerusalem, that bringest good tidings
Listen, your watchmen shout; in unison they shout for joy, for they see with their very own eyes the Lord's return to Zion.
Look, your fasting is accompanied by arguments, brawls, and fistfights. Do not fast as you do today, trying to make your voice heard in heaven.
People of Jerusalem, go up to Lebanon and cry out in mourning. Go to the land of Bashan and cry out loudly. Cry out in mourning from the mountains of Moab. For your allies have all been defeated.
But Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: "You men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, know this and listen carefully to what I say.
Strengthen the hands that have gone limp, steady the knees that shake!
Listen to me, you who know what is right, you people who are aware of my law! Don't be afraid of the insults of men; don't be discouraged because of their abuse!
When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus.
So they left the council rejoicing because they had been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak -- that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel,
and by not being intimidated in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of their destruction, but of your salvation -- a sign which is from God.
1 Peter 3:14
But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken.
They lift their voices and shout joyfully; they praise the majesty of the Lord in the west.