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Cover the land in trees! ✡ “Raise a standard upon a bare hill” – Israel365

March 15, 2020 The beautiful city of Jerusalem at twilight
Raise a standard upon a bare hill, Cry aloud to them; Wave a hand, and let them enter The gates of the nobles Isaiah 13:2 (The Israel Bible™)
עַל הַר־נִשְׁפֶּה שְׂאוּ־נֵס הָרִימוּ קוֹל לָהֶם הָנִיפוּ יָד וְיָבֹאוּ פִּתְחֵי נְדִיבִים

AL har nish-PEH s’-u NAYS ha-REE-mu KOL la-HEM ha-NEE-fu YAD v’-ya-VO-u pit-KHAY n’-dee-VEEM

Yeshayahu begins a series of prophecies against the nations (chapters 13-23) with a message to Babylon. He calls on Hashem’s army to assemble on a mountaintop against the Babylonians. The word that describes the mountain is nishpeh (נשפה), which means ‘bare.’

The selected mountaintop is bare and empty of trees — most likely so that the nays (נס), the ‘standard’ or signal for the warriors to gather, might be better seen from it. Yeshayahu contrasts the barren mountain of Babylon (which means ‘gates of gods’ in Ugaritic) with the genuine mountain of Hashem in Yerushalayim described in chapter 2, which is the source of knowledge and righteousness for the world.
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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I, through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid and social media support, Steve's NOW THINK ON THIS messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 26 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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