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Zion Holy Mountain of God - Our Lady Virgin Mary

Seen by inspiration of the Holy Spirit as Mary, the City of God, the Mother of the Children of God.

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Joseph of Jesus and Mary - The Work of God Apostolate

Zion used to be the name of the ancient Jebusite stronghold located on the southeast hill of Jerusalem at the junction of the Kidron Valley and the Tyropoeon Valley. This name was also used for the hill where it stood. Once David captured the fortress of Zion by defeating the Jebusites, he renamed it Zion "the City of David" .
David prefigures Our Lord Jesus Christ in many ways, a man after his own heart (1Sam13:14).
Jesus the Son of God, comes to the world and sets his stronghold on mount Zion (The Incarnation) to overthrow the Jesubites (prefiguration of the devil and his armies in dominion of the world).
God stands on his holy mountain.(Apoc. 14:1)

For the sake of this Bible study, substitute the word Zion, for Mary.
Please pray to the Holy Spirit for discernment
Bible verses from the New Revised Standard Version

Genesis 22:7
Isaac said to his father Abraham, "Father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son."
He said, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"

8 Abraham said, "God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.

Genesis 22:13
And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns.
Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.

14 So Abraham called that place "The LORD will provide"; as it is said to this day,
           "On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided."


CONCERNING THE ENEMY OF OUR LADY. SATAN
2 Kings 19:21

21 This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: She despises you, she scorns you -- virgin daughter Zion; she tosses her head -- behind your back, daughterJerusalem.

CHURCH - REMNANT OF JACOB
2 Kings 19:31
for from Jerusalem a remnant shall go out, and from Mount Zion a band of survivors.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

AGAINST SATAN’S WILL, JESUS COMES TO US - THE INCARNATION
1 Chronicles 11:5
The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, "You will not come in here." Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, now the city of David.


ARK PREFIGURING OUR LADY

2 Chronicles 5:2
Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the ancestral houses of the people of Israel, in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.


GOD THE  FATHER SAYS: MY KING JESUS COMES FROM MARY
Remember that we don't hear anything about Jesus coming to Zion, but....

Luke 1:35
And the angel said to her,"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God.

Psalm 2:6
"I have set my king on Zion [ Mary ], my holy hill."

PRAISE GOD IN MARY
Psalm 9:11
Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples.

REJOICE CHILDREN IN YOUR MOTHER.
Psalm 9:14
so that I may recount all your praises, and, in the gates of daughter Zion, rejoice in your deliverance.

OUR LADY CAUSE OF OUR JOY
Psalm 14:7
O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

INTERCESSION OF OUR LADY
Psalm 20:2
May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.

HIGHEST IN HOLINESS, THE CITY OF GOD,OUR MOTHER
Psalm 48:2
beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.

MY HEART REJOICES IN GOD MY SAVIOUR
Psalm 48:11
Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgments.

CONTEMPLATE THE VIRTUES OF MARY
Psalm 48:12
Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers,

MARY, PERFECT CREATION OF GOD
Psalm 50:2
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

DEVOTION TO MARY, LORD REBUILD THE CHURCH. (JERUSALEM)
Psalm 51:18
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,

JESUS THE SAVIOUR COMES FROM MARY
Psalm 53:6
O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

PRAISE TO GOD IN MARY
Psalm 65:1
To the leader. A Psalm of David. A Song. Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed,

MARY SAVED FROM ORIGINAL SIN,CHILDREN ALSO SAVED.
CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Psalm 69:35
For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; and his servants shall live there and possess it;

LORD HEAR US WITH MARY
Psalm 74:2
Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago, which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage. Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.

KING MELCHIZEDEK PREFIGURES JESUS, KING OF PEACE
Psalm 76:2
His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.

MARY FROM THE TRIBE OF JUDAH
Psalm 78:68
but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loves.

HAPPY THOSE WHO LOVE MARY
Psalm 84:5
Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

JESUS IN MARY’S WOMB, JESUS BORN OF MARY
Psalm 84:7
They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

GOD LOVES THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Psalm 87:2
the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

CHILDREN OF MARY, CHILDREN OF GOD
Psalm 87:5
And of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born in it"; for the Most High himself will establish it.

MY HEART REJOICES ...
Psalm 97:8
Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O God.

JESUS OUR LORD, GREAT IN MARY.
Psalm 99:2
The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

TIME FOR THE VIRGIN TO CONCEIVE
Psalm 102:13
You will rise up and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to favor it; the appointed time has come.

THE LORD TOOK FLESH IN MARY
Psalm 102:16
For the LORD will build up Zion; he will appear in his glory.

I AM WHO I AM, THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE...
Psalm 102:21
so that the name of the LORD may be declared in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem,

JESUS KING OF KINGS SON OF MARY
Psalm 110:2
The LORD sends out from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes.

TRUST GOD AS MARY DID ( Luke 1:45 )
Psalm 125:1
A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

MY EYES HAVE SEEN YOUR SALVATION
Psalm 126:1
A Song of Ascents. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

BLESSINGS FROM MOTHER, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
Psalm 128:5
The LORD bless you from Zion. May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

FATE OF THE ENEMIES OF OUR LADY
Psalm 129:5
5 May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward.

MARY "THE WOMAN" :
Psalm 132:13-18

13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation:

14 "This is my resting place forever; here I will reside, for I have desired it.

15 I will abundantly bless its provisions; I will satisfy its poor with bread.

16 Its priests I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy.

17 There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.

ENEMIES OF JESUS
Psalm 132:18
His enemies I will clothe with disgrace, but on him, his crown will gleam."

BLESSINGS FROM GOD : GRACES FROM MARY
Psalm 133:3
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

GOD BLESSES US FROM MARY, THE CHILD IN THE WOMB LEAPT WITH JOY
Psalm 134:3
May the LORD, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.

THROUGH MARY TO JESUS WHO LIVES IN HER
Psalm 135:21
Blessed be the LORD from Zion, he who resides in Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

OUR GETHSEMANE FOR SINNERS
Psalm 137:1
By the rivers of Babylon -- there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion.

PROTESTANTS MOCKING OUR DEVOTIONS TO MARY
Psalm 137:3
For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

GOD ENCOURAGES MARY
Psalm 146:10
The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD!

MARY AND THE CHURCH PRAISE GOD
Psalm 147:12
Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!

CHILDREN OF MARY REJOICE
Psalm 149:2
Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.

WEDDING OF THE LAMB
Song of Solomon 3:11
come out. Look, O daughters of Zion, at King Solomon, at the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, on the day of the gladness of his heart.

NOT ENOUGH DEVOTION TO OUR BLESSED MOTHER
Isaiah 1:8
And daughter Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard, like a shelter in a cucumber field, like
a besieged city.

GENESIS PROTO-EVANGELIUM GEN 3:15
Isaiah 1:27
Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness.

MARY EXAMPLE OF HOLINESS,THE CHURCH OUR TEACHER
Isaiah 2:3
Many peoples shall come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

CONSECRATION TO MARY
Whoever is consecrated to Our Lady and remains a Catholic will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Isaiah 4:3
Whoever is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem,

GLORY OF THE CHURCH IN MARY - TABERNACLE OF THE DIVINITY
Isaiah 4:5
Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over its places of assembly a cloud by day and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night. Indeed over all the glory there will be a canopy.

SEE MY CHILDREN :
Isaiah 8:18
See, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

ST. MICHAEL WILL DESTROY THE DEVIL
Isaiah 10:12
When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the arrogant boasting of the king of Assyria and his haughty pride.

TRUST IN OUR LADY
Isaiah 10:24
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: O my people, who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians when they beat you with a rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did.

SAY YOUR MAGNIFICAT, MARY
Isaiah 12:6
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

ALL GENERATIONS SHALL CALL ME BLESSED
Isaiah 14:32
What will one answer the messengers of the nation? "The LORD has founded Zion, and the needy among his people will find refuge in her."

PRAY FOR LABOURERS OF THE HARVEST
Isaiah 16:1
Send lambs to the ruler of the land, from Sela, by way of the desert, to the mount of daughter Zion.

THE THREE WISE KINGS OFFERING GIFTS.
Isaiah 18:7
At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD of hosts from a people tall and smooth, from a people feared near and far, a nation mighty and conquering, whose land the rivers divide, to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the LORD of hosts.

THE TRUE MOON, REFLECTION OF GOD'S GLORY AND THE SUN OF JUSTICE ARISE. The created moon and sun will be ashamed by comparison.
Isaiah 24:23
Then the moon will be abashed, and the sun ashamed; for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before his elders he will manifest his glory.

JESUS IN MARY
Isaiah 28:16
therefore thus says the Lord GOD, See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation: "One who trusts will not panic."

NO BREAD FROM HEAVEN IN OTHER CHURCHES
Isaiah 29:8
Just as when a hungry person dreams of eating and wakes up still hungry, or a thirsty person dreams of drinking and wakes up faint, still thirsty, so shall the multitude of all the nations be that fight against Mount Zion.

EVERY TEAR SHALL BE WIPED OUT (REV)
Isaiah 30:19
Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you.

PROTECTION FOR MARY'S CHILDREN
Isaiah 31:4
For thus the LORD said to me, As a lion or a young lion growls over its prey, and -- when a band of shepherds is called out against it -- is not terrified by their shouting or daunted at their noise, so the LORD of hosts will come down to fight upon Mount Zion and upon its hill.

FIRE OF THE EUCHARISTIC HEART OF JESUS
Isaiah 31:9
His rock shall pass away in terror, and his officers desert the standard in panic," says the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

GOD IS GLORIFIED IN MARY
Isaiah 33:5
The LORD is exalted, he dwells on high; he filled Zion with justice and righteousness;

REFUGE OF SINNERS, DEVOTEES OF MARY CONVERTING.
Isaiah 33:14
The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: "Who among us can live with the devouring fire? Who among us can live with everlasting flames?"

THE GLORIES OF MARY - FEASTS OF OUR LADY
Isaiah 33:20
Look on Zion, the city of our appointed festivals! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation, an immovable tent, whose stakes will never be pulled up, and none of whose ropes will be broken.

REPENTANT COMING BACK TO GOD
Isaiah 35:10
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

CONDEMNATION OF SATAN AND HIS CHILDREN, THE ENEMIES OF "THE WOMAN"
Isaiah 37:22 - 23
this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: She despises you, she scorns you -- virgin daughter Zion; she tosses her head -- behind your back, daughter Jerusalem.

CONDEMNATION OF SATAN AND HIS CHILDREN

Isaiah 37:23

REMNANT OF JACOB, MARY'S CHILDREN
Isaiah 37:32
for from Jerusalem a remnant shall go out, and from Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

MARY AND THE CHURCH PROCLAIMING GOD.
Isaiah 40:9
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!"

MARY RECEIVES JESUS FIRST, THEN THE CHURCH.
Isaiah 41:27
I first have declared it to Zion, and I give to Jerusalem a herald of good tidings.

GOD ANNOUNCES THE INCARNATION
Isaiah 46:13
I bring near my deliverance, it is not far off, and my salvation will not tarry; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory.

SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD OF MARY EVEN BEFORE JESUS >>  2 Esdras
Isaiah 49:14
But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me."

THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL OVERSHADOW YOU.
Isaiah 51:3
For the LORD will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

CHILDREN OF GOD, CHILDREN OF MARY
Isaiah 51:11
So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

MARY THE NEW EVE, MOTHER OF HUMANITY.
Isaiah 51:16
I have put my words in your mouth, and hidden you in the shadow of my hand, stretching out the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, "You are my people."

REV. 12 - WOMAN CLOTHED IN THE SUN
Isaiah 52:1
Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for the uncircumcised and the unclean shall enter you no more.

FINAL JUDGEMENT
Isaiah 52:2
Shake yourself from the dust, rise up, O captive Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter Zion!

MOTHER MARY , YOUR JESUS, YOUR SON, YOUR GOD REIGNS.
Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."

THE EPIPHANY
Isaiah 52:8
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion.

JESUS OUR REDEEMER, SON OF MARY
Isaiah 59:20
And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the LORD.

MARY, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AT YOUR FEET....
Isaiah 60:14
The descendants of those who oppressed you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the City of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

COMFORTING OUR LADY OF SORROWS AT THE CROSS
Isaiah 61:3
to provide for those who mourn in Zion -- to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory.

ALL GENERATIONS CALLING MARY BLESSED.
Isaiah 62:11
The LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, "See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him."

THE WOMAN FLEES TO THE DESERT, TODAY'S PAGAN WORLD
Isaiah 64:10
Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

MARY BEGETS HER CHILDREN AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS, WOMAN THIS IS YOUR SON.
Isaiah 66:8
Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be delivered in one moment? Yet as soon as Zion was in labor she delivered her children.

MY SON WANTS DEVOTIONS TO MY IMMACULATE HEART (FATIMA)
Jeremiah 3:14
Return, O faithless children, says the LORD, for I am your master; I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.

TRUE ARK OF THE COVENANT, ENTER NOW....        
Act of Consecration
Jeremiah 4:6
Raise a standard toward Zion, flee for safety, do not delay, for I am bringing evil from the north, and a great destruction.

MARY'S SORROWS AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS, BEGETTING HER CHILDREN, JOHN THE FIRST ONE , AND EVERYONE WHO COMES TO CALVARY.
Jeremiah 4:31
For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor, anguish as of one bringing forth her first child, the cry of daughter Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands, "Woe is me! I am fainting before killers!"

LILY OF THE VALLEYS
Jeremiah 6:2
I have likened daughter Zion to the loveliest pasture.

ENEMIES OF OUR LADY, REV.12:15-17
Jeremiah 6:23
They grasp the bow and the javelin, they are cruel and have no mercy, their sound is like the roaring sea; they ride on horses, equipped like a warrior for battle, against you, O daughter Zion!

GOD SPEAKS: TRUST IN MY MOTHER
Jeremiah 8:19
Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: "Is the LORD not in Zion?
Is her King not in her?" ("Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?")

SORROWS OF HOLY SATURDAY
Jeremiah 9:19
For a sound of wailing is heard from Zion: "How we are ruined! We are utterly shamed, because we have left the land, because they have cast down our dwellings."

SORROWS OF HOLY SATURDAY
Jeremiah 14:19
Have you completely rejected Judah? Does your heart loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We look for peace, but find no good; for a time of healing, but there is terror instead.

THE PASSION
Jeremiah 26:18
"Micah of Moresheth, who prophesied during the days of King Hezekiah of Judah, said to all the people of Judah: 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.'

FROM SORROWS TO JOY
Jeremiah 30:17
For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the LORD, because they have called you an outcast: "It is Zion; no one cares for her!"

CONVERSIONS THROUGH OUR LADY,
SENTINELS = NEW APOSTLES, APPARITIONS..
Jeremiah 31:6
For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim: "Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God."

TRUE LIFE IN JESUS AND MARY
Jeremiah 31:12
They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.

PEOPLE AFTER APPARITIONS, DEVOTIONS, OTHERS.
Jeremiah 50:5
They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, and they shall come and join themselves to the LORD by an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.

APOCALYPTICAL TIMES, FINAL JUDGEMENT
Jeremiah 50:28
Listen! Fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon are coming to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, vengeance for his temple.

FINAL JUDGEMENT
Jeremiah 51:10
The LORD has brought forth our vindication; come, let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.

FINAL JUDGEMENT, PUNISHMENT OF ENEMIES OF MARY
Jeremiah 51:24
I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the wrong that they have done in Zion, says the LORD.

FINAL JUDGEMENT
Jeremiah 51:35
May my torn flesh be avenged on Babylon," the inhabitants of Zion shall say. "May my blood be avenged on the inhabitants of Chaldea," Jerusalem shall say.

PASSION OF JESUS
Lamentations 1:4
The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the festivals; all her gates are desolate, her priests groan; her young girls grieve, and her lot is bitter.

PASSION OF JESUS, ABANDONMENT OF THE APOSTLES
Lamentations 1:6
From daughter Zion has departed all her majesty. Her princes have become like stags that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer.

PASSION OF JESUS
Lamentations 1:17
Zion stretches out her hands, but there is no one to comfort her; the LORD has commanded against Jacob that his neighbors should become his foes; Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them.

PASSION OF JESUS
Lamentations 2:1
How the Lord in his anger has humiliated daughter Zion! He has thrown down from heaven to earth the splendor of Israel; he has not remembered his footstool in the day of his anger.

PASSION OF JESUS
Lamentations 2:4
He has bent his bow like an enemy, with his right hand set like a foe; he has killed all in whom we took pride in the tent of daughter Zion; he has poured out his fury like fire.

PASSION OF JESUS
Lamentations 2:6
He has broken down his booth like a garden, he has destroyed his tabernacle; the LORD has abolished in Zion festival and sabbath, and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.

PASSION OF JESUS
Lamentations 2:8
The LORD determined to lay in ruins the wall of daughter Zion; he stretched the line; he did not withhold his hand from destroying; he caused rampart and wall to lament; they languish together.

PASSION OF JESUS
Lamentations 2:10
The elders of daughter Zion sit on the ground in silence; they have thrown dust on their heads and put on sackcloth; the young girls of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.

SORROWS OF OUR LADY
Lam 2:13
What can I say for you, to what compare you, O daughter Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter Zion? For vast as the sea is your ruin; who can heal you?

SORROWS OF OUR LADY
Lamentations 2:18
Cry aloud to the Lord! O wall of daughter Zion! Let tears stream down like a torrent day and night! Give yourself no rest, your eyes no respite!

CHILDREN OF MARY
Lamentations 4:2
The precious children of Zion, worth their weight in fine gold -- how they are reckoned as earthen pots, the work of a potter's hands!

DEATH OF JESUS
Lamentations 4:11
The LORD gave full vent to his wrath; he poured out his hot anger, and kindled a fire in Zion that consumed its foundations.

JESUS KILLED FOR OUR INIQUITIES. RANSOM
Lamentations 4:22
The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter Zion, is accomplished, he will keep you in exile no longer; but your iniquity, O daughter Edom, he will punish, he will uncover your sins.

FINAL TIMES OF PAGANISM- DESECRATION INSIDE THE CHURCH
Lamentations 5:11
Women are raped in Zion, virgins in the towns of Judah.

PAGANISM
Lamentations 5:18
because of Mount Zion, which lies desolate; jackals prowl over it.

CALL TO REPENTANCE,SECOND COMING OF JESUS - APPARITIONS
Joel 2:1
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near --

CALL TO REPENTANCE
Joel 2:15
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly;

THE GOOD NEWS
Joel 2:23
O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before.

* ZION = MARY 
*JERUSALEM = CATHOLIC CHURCH

Joel 2:32
Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.

DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU
Joel 3:16
The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shake. But the LORD is a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.

GUARANTEE FROM THE LORD
Joel 3:17
So you shall know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it.

JUDGEMENT - PUNISHMENT
Joel 3:21
I will avenge their blood, and I will not clear the guilty, for the LORD dwells in Zion.

MARY WITH THE SPIRIT OF ELIJAH,.... REPENTANCE
Amos 1:2
And he said: The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds wither, and the top of Carmel dries up.

BEWARE OF FALSE DEVOTIONS TO MARY
Amos 6:1
Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria, the notables of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel resorts!

AS IN THE TIMES OF NOAH.....Act of Consecration
ENTER THE ARK OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.
Obadiah 17
But on Mount Zion there shall be those that escape, and it shall be holy; and the house of Jacob shall take possession of those who dispossessed them.

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
Obadiah 21
Those who have been saved shall go up to Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.

GUILT OF SIN
Micah 1:13
Harness the steeds to the chariots, inhabitants of Lachish; it was the beginning of sin to daughter Zion, for in you were found the transgressions of Israel.

ATTACKS TO OUR FAITH, TO OUR LADY, TO THE CHURCH.
Micah 3:10
who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with wrong!

BECAUSE OF SIN, DEATH OF JESUS, SORROWS OF MARY.
Micah 3:12
Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.

MARY, THE EUCHARIST, THE CHURCH (THE POPE)
Micah 4:2
and many nations shall come and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

LAME, SINNERS, : HEALED THROUGH REPENTANCE.
Micah 4:7
The lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion now and forevermore.

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, KINGDOM OF JESUS AND MARY
Micah 4:8
And you, O tower of the flock, hill of daughter Zion, to you it shall come, the former dominion shall come, the sovereignty of daughter Jerusalem.

OUR LADY CONCEIVING US IN THESE LAST TIMES
Galatians 4:19
My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

Micah 4:10 Writhe and groan, O daughter Zion, like a woman in labor; for now you shall go forth from the city and camp in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued, there the LORD will redeem you from the hands of your enemies.

PROTESTANT ATTACKS ON MARY
Micah 4:11
Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, "Let her be profaned, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion."

THE WOMAN CRUSHING THE HEAD OF THE SERPENT
Micah 4:13
Arise and thresh, O daughter Zion, for I will make your horn iron and your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples, and shall devote their gain to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.

MY SOUL REJOICES IN THE LORD
Zephaniah 3:14
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!

THE LORD IS WITH YOU
Zephaniah 3:16
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak.

JEALOUSY FOR THE TEMPLE: JESUS AND THE MONEY CHANGERS
JEALOUSY OF GOD FOR MARY TEMPLE OF HIS GLORY.......

Zechariah 1:14
So the angel who talked with me said to me, Proclaim this message: Thus says the LORD of hosts; I am very jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion.

GLORY OF HEAVEN
Zechariah 1:17
Proclaim further: Thus says the LORD of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity; the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.

CONSECRATION TO MARY Act of Consecration
Zechariah 2:7
Up! Escape to Zion, you that live with daughter Babylon.

ANNUNCIATION
Zechariah 2:10
Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! For lo, I will come and dwell in your midst, says the LORD.

GOD'S LOVE FOR MARY
Zechariah 8:2
Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.

CATHOLIC CHURCH = FAITHFUL CITY OF JERUSALEM
MARY= HOLY MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD
Zechariah 8:3
Thus says the LORD: I will return to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts shall be called the holy mountain.

MARY, LOOK AT JESUS ENTERING JERUSALEM....
Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

FIGHT BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
Zechariah 9:13
For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will arouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.

TELL MARY: JESUS IS ENTERING JERUSALEM, HOSANNA..
Matthew 21:5
"Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

MARY: LOOK AT YOUR SON
John 12:15
"Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!"

IN MARY THE WORD TAKES FLESH, THE ROCK, CHRIST.
Romans 9:33
as it is written, "See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."

THE OFFSPRING OF THE WOMAN GEN. 3:15
Romans 11:26
And so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, "Out of Zion will come the Deliverer; he will banish ungodliness from Jacob."

MARY THE HEAVEN OF GOD.
Hebrews 12:22
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,

JESUS SON OF MARY, THE ROCK
1 Peter 2:6
For it stands in scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."

JESUS AND MARY, CALVARY, VICTIM SOULS, SAINTS, HEAVEN0.
Revelation 14:1
Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.

IN DEFENCE OF OUR FAITH
Judith 9:13
Make my deceitful words bring wound and bruise on those who have planned cruel things against your covenant, and against your sacred house, and against Mount Zion, and against the house your children possess.

JESUS EXPLAINING HIS INCARNATION IN MARY
Sirach 24:10 (Eclessiasticus)
In the holy tent I ministered before him, and so I was established in Zion.

WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN
Sirach 36:19 (Eclessiasticus)
Fill Zion with your majesty, and your temple with your glory.

SATAN ENEMY OF OUR LADY
Sirach 48:18 (Eclessiasticus)
In his days Sennacherib invaded the country; he sent his commander and departed; he shook his fist against Zion, and made great boasts in his arrogance.

GOD COMFORTS MARY'S CHILDREN
Sirach 48:24 (Eclessiasticus)
By his dauntless spirit he saw the future, and comforted the mourners in Zion.

OUR LADY OF SORROWS EXPLAINED IN BARUCH.
READ ALL CHAPTER  4

Baruch 4:9
For she saw the wrath that came upon you from God, and she said: Listen, you neighbors of Zion, God has brought great sorrow upon me;

EGYPT OF SIN, SLAVERY TO THE DEVIL, GOD'S WRATH
Baruch 4:14
Let the neighbors of Zion come; remember the capture of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them.

PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM SAW JESUS BEING CAPTURED, MOTHER MARY HUMILIATED.
Baruch 4:24
For as the neighbors of Zion have now seen your capture, so they soon will see your salvation by God, which will come to you with great glory and with the splendor of the Everlasting.

THE ARMY OF OUR LADY, HUMBLE SOULS, GOD FEARERS
1 Maccabees 4:37
So all the army assembled and went up to Mount Zion.

OUR LADY IS PROTECTED BY THE ANGELS,
OUR LADY QUEEN OF ANGELS.
1 Maccabees 4:60
At that time they fortified Mount Zion with high walls and strong towers all around, to keep the Gentiles from coming and trampling them down as they had done before.

THANKSGIVING PRAYERS THROUGH OUR LADY
1 Maccabees 5:54
So they went up to Mount Zion with joy and gladness, and offered burnt offerings, because they had returned in safety; not one of them had fallen.

JESUS' MINISTRY IN JERUSALEM WITH THE APOSTLES
1 Maccabees 6:48
The soldiers of the king's army went up to Jerusalem against them, and the king encamped in Judea and at Mount Zion.

THE DEVIL MAKING WAR TO OUR LADY REV.12:17
1 Maccabees 6:62
But when the king entered Mount Zion and saw what a strong fortress the place was, he broke the oath he had sworn and gave orders to tear down the wall all around.

DEVOTIONS TO OUR LADY
1 Maccabees 10:11
He directed those who were doing the work to build the walls and encircle Mount Zion with squared stones, for better fortification; and they did so.

HIGH PRIEST SIMON,PREFIGURING (PETER), THE FIRST POPE, POINTING TO OUR POPE,THE POPE OF THE REVELATIONS OF FATIMA.
1 Maccabees 14:27
So they made a record on bronze tablets and put it on pillars on Mount Zion. This is a copy of what they wrote: "On the eighteenth day of Elul, in the one hundred seventy-second year, which is the third year of the great high priest Simon,


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OUR LADY STANDS FIRM IN THE POWER OF GOD.
1 Esdras 8:81 (Deuterocanonical)
and glorified the temple of our Lord, and raised Zion from desolation, to give us a stronghold in Judea and Jerusalem.

CHILDREN OF OUR LADY IN HEAVEN
2 Esdras 2:40 (Deuterocanonical)
Take again your full number, O Zion, and close the list of your people who are clothed in white, who have fulfilled the law of the Lord.

THE GLORY OF HEAVEN
2 Esdras 2:42 (Deuterocanonical)
I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great multitude that I could not number, and they all were praising the Lord with songs.

MOURNING FOR ZION, DEVOTION TO THE SORROWS OF OUR LADY
2 Esdras 3:2 (Deuterocanonical)
because I saw the desolation of Zion and the wealth of those who lived in Babylon.

EVIL APPEARS TO BE WINNING THE BATTLE
2 Esdras 3:28 (Deuterocanonical)
"Then I said in my heart, Are the deeds of those who inhabit Babylon any better? Is that why it has gained dominion over Zion?

2 Esdras 3:31 (Deuterocanonical)
and have not shown to anyone how your way may be comprehended. Are the deeds of Babylon better than those of Zion?

OF ALL WOMEN YOU CHOSE MARY TO BE YOUR MOTHER, DAUGHTER AND SPOUSE.
2 Esdras 5:25 (Deuterocanonical)
and from all the depths of the sea you have filled for yourself one river, and from all the cities that have been built you have consecrated Zion for yourself,

MARY IN THE MIND OF GOD BEFORE SHE WAS BORN
2 Esdras 6:4 (Deuterocanonical)
and before the heights of the air were lifted up, and before the measures of the firmaments were named, and before the footstool of Zion was established,

MARY HUMILIATED BY EXECUTIONERS OF JESUS
2 Esdras 6:19 (Deuterocanonical)
and when I require from the doers of iniquity the penalty of their iniquity, and when the humiliation of Zion is complete.

ZION - MARY = OUR MOTHER IN SORROW
2 Esdras 10:7 7 (Deuterocanonical)
For Zion, the mother of us all, is in deep grief and great distress.

Galatians 4:19 My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

MARY IN SORROW FOR US
2 Esdras 10:20 (Deuterocanonical)
"Do not do that, but let yourself be persuaded -- for how many are the adversities of Zion? -- and be consoled because of the sorrow of Jerusalem.

THE PROMISED REDEEMER WAS NOT BORN YET.
THE EARTH MOUNTAIN OF ZION WAS TAKEN BY THE ENEMIES
2 Esdras 10:23 (Deuterocanonical)
And, worst of all, the seal of Zion has been deprived of its glory, and given over into the hands of those that hate us.

GOD SEES THOSE WHO MOURN FOR HER SORROWS.
2 Esdras 10:39 (Deuterocanonical)
He has seen your righteous conduct, and that you have sorrowed continually for your people and mourned greatly over Zion.

ZION= A WOMAN = A CITY= THE CITY OF GOD=
THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM= MARY ***
2 Esdras 10:44 (Deuterocanonical)
The woman whom you saw is Zion, which you now behold as a city being built.

SARAH WHO WAS BARREN PREFIGURES MARY.
ZION WAS BARREN AND CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
2 Esdras 10:45 (Deuterocanonical)
And as for her telling you that she was barren for thirty years, the reason is that there were three thousand years in the world before any offering was offered in it.

IMMERSED IN THE PASSION
2 Esdras 12:44 (Deuterocanonical)
Therefore if you forsake us, how much better it would have been for us if we also had been consumed in the burning of Zion.

DEVOTION TO MARY, GENEROSITY TO GOD.
2 Esdras 12:48
(Deuterocanonical)
As for me, I have neither forsaken you nor withdrawn from you; but I have come to this place to pray on account of the desolation of Zion, and to seek mercy on account of the humiliation of our sanctuary.

JESUS KINGDOM THROUGH MARY
2 Esdras 13:35 (Deuterocanonical)
But he shall stand on the top of Mount Zion.

GREAT SIGNS OF THESES TIMES, MARIAN APPARITIONS
2 Esdras 13:36 (Deuterocanonical)
And Zion shall come and be made manifest to all people, prepared and built, as you saw the mountain carved out without hands.

GOD GAVE US THE GARDEN OF EDEN, THE LAND OF ADAM AND EVE, WE LOST IT, THROUGH MARY (NEW EVE) WE RECEIVE JESUS THE NEW ADAM, OUR SALVATION.
2 Esdras 14:31 (Deuterocanonical)
Then land was given to you for a possession in the land of Zion; but you and your ancestors committed iniquity and did not keep the ways that the Most High commanded you.

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Study of Zion - Our Lady.

For deeper insight read the following chapters.

This book is deuterocanonical

NEW REVISED STANDARD VERSION

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2 Esdras Chapters  2,  9,  10

2 Esdras 2

1 "Thus says the Lord: I brought this people out of bondage, and I gave them commandments through my servants the prophets; but they would not listen to them, and made my counsels void.
2 The mother who bore them says to them, 'Go, my children, because I am a widow and forsaken.
3 I brought you up with gladness; but with mourning and sorrow I have lost you, because you have sinned before the Lord God and have done what is evil in my sight.
4 But now what can I do for you? For I am a widow and forsaken. Go, my children, and ask for mercy from the Lord.'
5 Now I call upon you, father, as a witness in addition to the mother of the children, because they would not keep my covenant,
6 so that you may bring confusion on them and bring their mother to ruin, so that they may have no offspring.
7 Let them be scattered among the nations; let their names be blotted out from the earth, because they have despised my covenant.
8 "Woe to you, Assyria, who conceal the unrighteous within you! O wicked nation, remember what I did to Sodom and Gomorrah,
9 whose land lies in lumps of pitch and heaps of ashes. That is what I will do to those who have not listened to me, says the Lord Almighty."
10 Thus says the Lord to Ezra: "Tell my people that I will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I was going to give to Israel.
11 Moreover, I will take back to myself their glory, and will give to these others the everlasting habitations, which I had prepared for Israel.
12 The tree of life shall give them fragrant perfume, and they shall neither toil nor become weary.
13 Go and you will receive; pray that your days may be few, that they may be shortened. The kingdom is already prepared for you; be on the watch!
14 Call, O call heaven and earth to witness: I set aside evil and created good; for I am the Living One, says the Lord.
15 "Mother, embrace your children; bring them up with gladness, as does a dove; strengthen their feet, because I have chosen you, says the Lord.
16 And I will raise up the dead from their places, and bring them out from their tombs, because I recognize my name in them.
17 Do not fear, mother of children, for I have chosen you, says the Lord.
18 I will send you help, my servants Isaiah and Jeremiah. According to their counsel I have consecrated and prepared for you twelve trees loaded with various fruits,
19 and the same number of springs flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty mountains on which roses and lilies grow; by these I will fill your children with joy.
20 "Guard the rights of the widow, secure justice for the ward, give to the needy, defend the orphan, clothe the naked,
21 care for the injured and the weak, do not ridicule the lame, protect the maimed, and let the blind have a vision of my splendor.
22 Protect the old and the young within your walls;
23 When you find any who are dead, commit them to the grave and mark it, and I will give you the first place in my resurrection.
24 Pause and be quiet, my people, because your rest will come.
25 "Good nurse, nourish your children; strengthen their feet.
26 Not one of the servants whom I have given you will perish, for I will require them from among your number.
27 Do not be anxious, for when the day of tribulation and anguish comes, others shall weep and be sorrowful, but you shall rejoice and have abundance.
28 The nations shall envy you, but they shall not be able to do anything against you, says the Lord.
29 My power will protect you, so that your children may not see hell.
30 "Rejoice, O mother, with your children, because I will deliver you, says the Lord.
31 Remember your children that sleep, because I will bring them out of the hiding places of the earth, and will show mercy to them; for I am merciful, says the Lord Almighty.
32 Embrace your children until I come, and proclaim mercy to them; because my springs run over, and my grace will not fail."
33 I, Ezra, received a command from the Lord on Mount Horeb to go to Israel. When I came to them they rejected me and refused the Lord's commandment.
34 Therefore I say to you, O nations that hear and understand, "Wait for your shepherd; he will give you everlasting rest, because he who will come at the end of the age is close at hand.
35 Be ready for the rewards of the kingdom, because perpetual light will shine on you forevermore.
36 Flee from the shadow of this age, receive the joy of your glory; I publicly call on my savior to witness.
37 Receive what the Lord has entrusted to you and be joyful, giving thanks to him who has called you to the celestial kingdoms.
38 Rise, stand erect and see the number of those who have been sealed at the feast of the Lord.
39 Those who have departed from the shadow of this age have received glorious garments from the Lord.
40 Take again your full number, O Zion, and close the list of your people who are clothed in white, who have fulfilled the law of the Lord.
41 The number of your children, whom you desired, is now complete; implore the Lord's authority that your people, who have been called from the beginning, may be made holy."
42 I, Ezra, saw on Mount Zion a great multitude that I could not number, and they all were praising the Lord with songs.
43 In their midst was a young man of great stature, taller than any of the others, and on the head of each of them he placed a crown, but he was more exalted than they. And I was held spellbound.
44 Then I asked an angel, "Who are these, my lord?"
45 He answered and said to me, "These are they who have put off mortal clothing and have put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God. Now they are being crowned, and receive palms."
46 Then I said to the angel, "Who is that young man who is placing crowns on them and putting palms in their hands?"
47 He answered and said to me, "He is the Son of God, whom they confessed in the world." So I began to praise those who had stood valiantly for the name of the Lord.
48 Then the angel said to me, "Go, tell my people how great and how many are the wonders of the Lord God that you have seen."
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2 Esdras 9

1 He answered me and said, "Measure carefully in your mind, and when you see that some of the predicted signs have occurred,
2 then you will know that it is the very time when the Most High is about to visit the world that he has made.
3 So when there shall appear in the world earthquakes, tumult of peoples, intrigues of nations, wavering of leaders, confusion of princes,
4 then you will know that it was of these that the Most High spoke from the days that were of old, from the beginning.
5 For just as with everything that has occurred in the world, the beginning is evident, and the end manifest;
6 so also are the times of the Most High: the beginnings are manifest in wonders and mighty works, and the end in penalties and in signs.
7 It shall be that all who will be saved and will be able to escape on account of their works, or on account of the faith by which they have believed,
8 will survive the dangers that have been predicted, and will see my salvation in my land and within my borders, which I have sanctified for myself from the beginning.
9 Then those who have now abused my ways shall be amazed, and those who have rejected them with contempt shall live in torments.
10 For as many as did not acknowledge me in their lifetime, though they received my benefits,
11 and as many as scorned my law while they still had freedom, and did not understand but despised it while an opportunity of repentance was still open to them,
12 these must in torment acknowledge it after death.
13 Therefore, do not continue to be curious about how the ungodly will be punished; but inquire how the righteous will be saved, those to whom the age belongs and for whose sake the age was made."
14 I answered and said,
15 "I said before, and I say now, and will say it again: there are more who perish than those who will be saved,
16 as a wave is greater than a drop of water."
17 He answered me and said, "As is the field, so is the seed; and as are the flowers, so are the colors; and as is the work, so is the product; and as is the farmer, so is the threshing floor.
18 For there was a time in this age when I was preparing for those who now exist, before the world was made for them to live in, and no one opposed me then, for no one existed;
19 but now those who have been created in this world, which is supplied both with an unfailing table and an inexhaustible pasture, have become corrupt in their ways.
20 So I considered my world, and saw that it was lost. I saw that my earth was in peril because of the devices of those who had come into it.
21 And I saw and spared some with great difficulty, and saved for myself one grape out of a cluster, and one plant out of a great forest.
22 So let the multitude perish that has been born in vain, but let my grape and my plant be saved, because with much labor I have perfected them.
23 "Now, if you will let seven days more pass -- do not, however, fast during them,
24 but go into a field of flowers where no house has been built, and eat only of the flowers of the field, and taste no meat and drink no wine, but eat only flowers,
25 and pray to the Most High continually. Then I will come and talk with you."
26 So I went, as he directed me, into the field that is called Ardat; there I sat among the flowers and ate of the plants of the field, and the nourishment they afforded satisfied me.
27 After seven days, while I lay on the grass, my heart was troubled again as it was before.
28 Then my mouth was opened, and I began to speak before the Most High, and said,
29 "O Lord, you showed yourself among us, to our ancestors in the wilderness when they came out from Egypt and when they came into the untrodden and unfruitful wilderness;
30 and you said, 'Hear me, O Israel, and give heed to my words, O descendants of Jacob.
31 For I sow my law in you, and it shall bring forth fruit in you, and you shall be glorified through it forever.'
32 But though our ancestors received the law, they did not keep it and did not observe the statutes; yet the fruit of the law did not perish -- for it could not, because it was yours.
33 Yet those who received it perished, because they did not keep what had been sown in them.
34 Now this is the general rule that, when the ground has received seed, or the sea a ship, or any dish food or drink, and when it comes about that what was sown or what was launched or what was put in is destroyed,
35 they are destroyed, but the things that held them remain; yet with us it has not been so.
36 For we who have received the law and sinned will perish, as well as our hearts that received it;
37 the law, however, does not perish but survives in its glory."
38 When I said these things in my heart, I looked around, and on my right I saw a woman; she was mourning and weeping with a loud voice, and was deeply grieved at heart; her clothes were torn, and there were ashes on her head.
39 Then I dismissed the thoughts with which I had been engaged, and turned to her
40 and said to her, "Why are you weeping, and why are you grieved at heart?"
41 She said to me, "Let me alone, my lord, so that I may weep for myself and continue to mourn, for I am greatly embittered in spirit and deeply distressed."
42 I said to her, "What has happened to you? Tell me."
43 And she said to me, "Your servant was barren and had no child, though I lived with my husband for thirty years.
44 Every hour and every day during those thirty years I prayed to the Most High, night and day.
45 And after thirty years God heard your servant, and looked upon my low estate, and considered my distress, and gave me a son. I rejoiced greatly over him, I and my husband and all my neighbors; and we gave great glory to the Mighty One.
46 And I brought him up with much care.
47 So when he grew up and I came to take a wife for him, I set a day for the marriage feast.
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2 Esdras 10

1 "But it happened that when my son entered his wedding chamber, he fell down and died.
2 So all of us put out our lamps, and all my neighbors attempted to console me; I remained quiet until the evening of the second day.
3 But when all of them had stopped consoling me, encouraging me to be quiet, I got up in the night and fled, and I came to this field, as you see.
4 And now I intend not to return to the town, but to stay here; I will neither eat nor drink, but will mourn and fast continually until I die."
5 Then I broke off the reflections with which I was still engaged, and answered her in anger and said,
6 "You most foolish of women, do you not see our mourning, and what has happened to us?
7 For Zion, the mother of us all, is in deep grief and great distress.
8 It is most appropriate to mourn now, because we are all mourning, and to be sorrowful, because we are all sorrowing; you are sorrowing for one son, but we, the whole world, for our mother.
9 Now ask the earth, and she will tell you that it is she who ought to mourn over so many who have come into being upon her.
10 From the beginning all have been born of her, and others will come; and, lo, almost all go to perdition, and a multitude of them will come to doom.
11 Who then ought to mourn the more, she who lost so great a multitude, or you who are grieving for one alone?
12 But if you say to me, 'My lamentation is not like the earth's, for I have lost the fruit of my womb, which I brought forth in pain and bore in sorrow;
13 but it is with the earth according to the way of the earth -- the multitude that is now in it goes as it came';
14 then I say to you, 'Just as you brought forth in sorrow, so the earth also has from the beginning given her fruit, that is, humankind, to him who made her.'
15 Now, therefore, keep your sorrow to yourself, and bear bravely the troubles that have come upon you.
16 For if you acknowledge the decree of God to be just, you will receive your son back in due time, and will be praised among women.
17 Therefore go into the town to your husband."
18 She said to me, "I will not do so; I will not go into the city, but I will die here."
19 So I spoke again to her, and said,
20 "Do not do that, but let yourself be persuaded -- for how many are the adversities of Zion? -- and be consoled because of the sorrow of Jerusalem.
21 For you see how our sanctuary has been laid waste, our altar thrown down, our temple destroyed;
22 our harp has been laid low, our song has been silenced, and our rejoicing has been ended; the light of our lampstand has been put out, the ark of our covenant has been plundered, our holy things have been polluted, and the name by which we are called has been almost profaned; our children have suffered abuse, our priests have been burned to death, our Levites have gone into exile, our virgins have been defiled, and our wives have been ravished; our righteous men have been carried off, our little ones have been cast out, our young men have been enslaved and our strong men made powerless.
23 And, worst of all, the seal of Zion has been deprived of its glory, and given over into the hands of those that hate us.
24 Therefore shake off your great sadness and lay aside your many sorrows, so that the Mighty One may be merciful to you again, and the Most High may give you rest, a respite from your troubles."
25 While I was talking to her, her face suddenly began to shine exceedingly; her countenance flashed like lightning, so that I was too frightened to approach her, and my heart was terrified. While I was wondering what this meant,
26 she suddenly uttered a loud and fearful cry, so that the earth shook at the sound.
27 When I looked up, the woman was no longer visible to me, but a city was being built, and a place of huge foundations showed itself. I was afraid, and cried with a loud voice and said,
28 "Where is the angel Uriel, who came to me at first? For it was he who brought me into this overpowering bewilderment; my end has become corruption, and my prayer a reproach."
29 While I was speaking these words, the angel who had come to me at first came to me, and when he saw me
30 lying there like a corpse, deprived of my understanding, he grasped my right hand and strengthened me and set me on my feet, and said to me,
31 "What is the matter with you? And why are you troubled? And why are your understanding and the thoughts of your mind troubled?"
32 I said, "It was because you abandoned me. I did as you directed, and went out into the field, and lo, what I have seen I saw, and can still see, I am unable to explain."
33 He said to me, "Stand up like a man, and I will instruct you."
34 I said, "Speak, my lord; only do not forsake me, so that I may not die before my time.
35 For I have seen what I did not know, and I hear what I do not understand
36 -- or is my mind deceived, and my soul dreaming?
37 Now therefore I beg you to give your servant an explanation of this bewildering vision."
38 He answered me and said, "Listen to me, and I will teach you, and tell you about the things that you fear; for the Most High has revealed many secrets to you.
39 He has seen your righteous conduct, and that you have sorrowed continually for your people and mourned greatly over Zion.
40 This therefore is the meaning of the vision.
41 The woman who appeared to you a little while ago, whom you saw mourning and whom you began to console
42 (you do not now see the form of a woman, but there appeared to you a city being built)
43 and who told you about the misfortune of her son -- this is the interpretation:
44 The woman whom you saw is Zion, which you now behold as a city being built.
45 And as for her telling you that she was barren for thirty years, the reason is that there were three thousand years in the world before any offering was offered in it.
46 And after three thousand years Solomon built the city, and offered offerings; then it was that the barren woman bore a son.
47 And as for her telling you that she brought him up with much care, that was the period of residence in Jerusalem.
48 And as for her saying to you, 'My son died as he entered his wedding chamber,' and that misfortune had overtaken her, this was the destruction that befell Jerusalem.
49 So you saw her likeness, how she mourned for her son, and you began to console her for what had happened.
50 For now the Most High, seeing that you are sincerely grieved and profoundly distressed for her, has shown you the brilliance of her glory, and the loveliness of her beauty.
51 Therefore I told you to remain in the field where no house had been built,
52 for I knew that the Most High would reveal these things to you.
53 Therefore I told you to go into the field where there was no foundation of any building,
54 because no work of human construction could endure in a place where the city of the Most High was to be revealed.
55 "Therefore do not be afraid, and do not let your heart be terrified; but go in and see the splendor or the vastness of the building, as far as it is possible for your eyes to see it,
56 and afterward you will hear as much as your ears can hear.
57 For you are more blessed than many, and you have been called to be with the Most High as few have been.
58 But tomorrow night you shall remain here,
59 and the Most High will show you in those dream visions what the Most High will do to those who inhabit the earth in the last days." So I slept that night and the following one, as he had told me.


Acknowledgment. All Bible quotations taken from the Douay Rheims Bible 1582, unless otherwise stated.

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