Unformatted text preview: provides this imagery by detailing how God defends Jerusalem from war as He “breaks the bow” and “burns the shields with fire.” These images all contribute to the view of Jerusalem as a holy city by illustrating how God has chosen the city and how it is under His divine protection. The images in Psalm 46 also show that Jerusalem is perceived as a holy city because it was chosen by God to be His residence. The organization of the text itself also contributes greatly to its meaning as showing Jerusalem as the holiest city on Earth. The main example of this is how the line, “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge,” is repeated twice in the passage. The repetition further emphasizes the idea that God Himself has chosen to reside in Jerusalem and its people are under His divine protection....
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