"A Song of Degrees. Of David.
"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
"Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.
"Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:
"Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the LORD.
"For there are set thrones of judgement, the thrones of the house of David.
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
"Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
"For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
"Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good."
"And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth" (Zechariah 14:12). "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee" (Psalm122:6).
Coram, well said, your two quotations are the endpoints of the spectrum of possibilities. Time will tell the oscillations between the two. Madmen and moderates there will always be.
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