The heavenly Jerusalem; heaven.
Hence, the theocracy, or church of God.
A hill in Jerusalem, which, after the capture of that city by the Israelites, became the royal residence of David and his successors.
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\zi"on\ (?), n. [heb. tsīy&?;n, originally, a hill.]
1. (jewish antiq.) a hill in jerusalem, which, after the capture of that city by the israelites, became the royal residence of david and his successors.
2. hence, the theocracy, or church of god.
3. the heavenly jerusalem; heaven.
1. originally a stronghold captured by david (the 2nd king of the israelites); above it was built a temple and later the name extended to the whole hill; finally it became a synonym for the city of jerusalem; "the inhabitants of jerusalem are personified as `the daughter of zion'" [syn: zion, sion]
2. jewish republic in southwestern asia at eastern end of mediterranean; formerly part of palestine [syn: israel, state of israel, yisrael, zion, sion]
3. an imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal [syn: utopia, zion, sion]
sunny; height, one of the eminences on which jerusalem was built. it was surrounded on all sides, except the north, by deep valleys, that of the tyropoeon (q.v.) separating it from moriah (q.v.), which it surpasses in height by 105 feet. it was the south-eastern hill of jerusalem. when david took it from the jebusites (josh. 15:63; 2 sam. 5:7) he built on it a citadel and a palace, and it became "the city of david" (1 kings 8:1; 2 kings 19:21, 31; 1 chr. 11:5). in the later books of the old testament this name was sometimes used (ps. 87:2; 149:2; isa. 33:14; joel 2:1) to denote jerusalem in general, and sometimes god's chosen israel (ps. 51:18; 87:5). in the new testament (see sion) it is used sometimes to denote the church of god (heb. 12:22), and sometimes the heavenly city (rev. 14:1).
monument; raised up; sepulcher
stake of zion
zion national park