And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
There is nothing strange in the halo of dearness which, to every Christian, hangs around the scenes with which the beginning of his new life is associated. The place where two friends first met is sacred to them all through their friendship, all the more sacred as their friendship deepens and grows old. Only the last day shall tell how much of earth is hallowed ground. This is what makes the old churches holy with an accumulated sacredness which surpasses their first consecration. Who can tell how many this church of ours will find among the blessed to honour and treasure her for ever, that she may not be forgotten when the birthplaces of souls are remembered?
(Bishop Phillips Brooks.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.