Zion (hebrew Insight)

We are all familiar with the Biblical word “Zion” (in Hebrew צִיּון “Tziyon”). When we delve further into the original Hebrew we are able to see something about this word that just can’t be understood in translation. Did you know that the word “Zion” (Tziyon) comes from the verb לְצַיֵּן “leTzayen” which means “to mark something” or “to emphasize something”?

Zion, therefore, describes God’s tremendous emphasis, concentration and impact upon any given place within creation. There are thousands of examples like this one that will make your study of the Bible even more meaningful!

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  1. Alan Winkler

    Dr Eli-I am writing a book that includes a part about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and I would like to reference your definition of Zion as relating it to a marked people for believers –I.e. God shows to mark his new testament people at a place called marked or distinctive Would that be possible please?

    1. john

      does Zion also mean mount moriah

  2. David

    Thank you for your response. It really helps.

  3. David

    What is the difference between Tzion, Zion, Tyzion.?

    Do they all mean different things.?
    Is Tzion a name to be given to a boy and if it is, what does it really mean please.

    1. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

      Tsion, Tzion, Zion (its English version) is the same. Someone just today wrote to me about the same question 🙂


  4. Marinete Almeida

    Dr. Eli, Shalom! gostaria de ser expert em ingles para participar mais dos debates. como meu tradutor esta viajando vou tentar pelo google. veja : Sião é literalmente, uma cidade do oriente , figuradamente , nós cristãos ocidentais vemos sião como simbolo do céu,daí os termos: (sião celestial) ou cidade santa. e ainda, eterna sião.

  5. ferrari giorgio

    Hello, dear friends ;

    Thanke you very much, for you lovely complex, some of the Bible description;

    Yes I love so much the Gods Word ” Holy Scriptures” but is not ease to find the true interpretation from it?

    But I believe , I will find it ” the God’s Holy spirit will help me” shalom God bless you

    ferrari giorgio

    1. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

      Welcome to our group, Ferrari!

  6. Rufus Walker

    Rosanne, you are why I am an atheist. Your post is no better than a “my god is better than your god” diatribe, reflecting the rot that is at the core of many religions.

  7. Janet Henriksen

    Thanks. Perhaps a way-mark in the wilderness? Thus the implication of destination in a place. That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon. And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. (1Kings 9:2-3)

    1. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

      Way-mark – yes, wilderness, probably, not.

  8. Robert

    Send me more study base on Bible and the Jewish calender (BIBLICAL CALENDER )

  9. Natalia Aída Lucila Zambrano Barnes

    it is so marvelous to listen this from you!
    I have been all my life, as my mother and the church where I was born in Chile, my country,, tauht me, praying for Israel, and loving the people of God, the watch of the wold, who gave to the world the word of God, the Holy Bible and the way to Salvation, to Love, po Peace , to eternal Life, the great wish of human been, Jeshua haMashia. In Brazil, where I live now, I fond a jewish messianic sinagoge, (Bet Benei Zion, a mission of Adventist Church, special for jewish and people who love Israel,lost jewish, and I have learned a lot here. As I told you before, many christian and messianic jewish around the world are praying for Israel every day …
    God bless and keep you in this so special mission.
    In His Love,

    1. Robert

      I don ‘t understand by saying praying for Israel do you mean the people who live in Israel ?

    2. Anne Mertens

      Even if the State of Israel is considered to be the accomplishment of the Promise by many, I personnally doubt that God needed people from the world – politicians – not even believers, to draw his chosen people back to where their ancestors belong to. God could have put in the heart of Jews the conviction to gather where their families belong to, working, worshipping and living side by side with the inhabitants, without any necessity to create a State. When Jewish people manifested their will to become a kingdom ( Judges), this was a human desire which God, though not agreeing with it, accepted to match. It was of no benefit, but He decided to let His people follow what they had in mind, and see the result. God does not need human establishment, institutionalisation of any kind to acknowledging who is His people or make His people be ONE somewhere. Deut. 30:1-10 speaks of a “circumcising thier heart” : 30 “And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, 2 and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. 4 If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. 5 And the Lord your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. (read and meditate until verse 10).

      If somebody is able to give me arguments against the way I perceive God means to gather His people, I am open and even thankful for it. The truth is what I am searching to find through God’s word. Hoping my errors in English will not hinder you from understanding my point.

      1. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

        Dear Anne, shalom.

        I think in some way you have good perspective. God does what he wills. When he wills. How he wills. The kingdom of God is far more deep that government and state (and I can go on). I however think that you overlook one very important point. This point is this: After 2000+ years of exile and Jewish people have returned to the Land that once promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This in and of itself should make you think. What if I am overacting to Christian Zionists and hyperdispensationalist Bible teachers too much??? What if God in His great providence WILLED for that state of Israel to be reformed again? It just feels to me that you’ve been talking with people for whom Israel and the Jews vs. Israel’s God is the center of the world in every way (something that should not be), so you are overreacting.

        Now what this all means I don’t know :-).

        I live in Israel. I love living in Israel. I am a patriot of my country as you should be a patriot of yours (which I trust you also are).

        Let’s keep on thinking together. Shall we?

        Dr. Eli

      2. Janet Henriksen

        I wonder about the fishers and hunters? Who are they?
        “Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD lives, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands where he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. (Jer 16:14-16)
        And the stages of revival from Ezekiel,
        “Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD. (Eze 37:11-14)
        Thus the stages are 1. bringing the National life up from being dead . 2. bringing Jews to the land. 3. Then a New Spirit 4. Then the nation lives and there will be fulfillment of the other verses you have quoted.
        One prophecy I note- Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: (Eze 37:21-22)
        It appears to me there are 2 types of Jews. Those on the mountains and those of the Plain- One part is called “Isarel” by the worlds media, the other part Jews call Judea and Samaria, and the media the “West Bank”. Now how did Ezekiel know that the 2 would need to become one nation – on the mountains- before their king came?

        1. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

          Janet, I am not sure about all of this. I will let others share what they think. Dr. Eli

      3. Aymara

        I join your point of view completely …and whats Dr.Eli opinion?

  10. Roseanne Power

    God of Jacob delights in Tzion and calls Tzion his dwelling place. Now Tzion means God’s greatest emphasis, concentration and impact upon any given place within creation. So, would it also mean that Tzion refers to the Finish work of CHRIST?? As the FATHER delights in the son- the greatest sacrifice of sin for all man kind. GRACE and TRUTH.

    If you notice in the bible in Psalm perhaps that God delights in Tzion over Sina. Now, Mt Sina is where Moses was given the Ten Commandments. I see that the Law punishes and no man can stand up to the Law. When the law was given many died as they break the law. However Jesus was the Father heart of Love. He brought peace, hope and Grace and Truth. So, He was Father God’s greatest emphasis on Earth. Christ pointed us to God, Christ the invisible image of God. Christ the firstborn among every Creature. Christ the first born Son, the beloved in whom God is well pleased.

    So coming back to my comment..Help me with more insights to revealing my convictions that Tzion refers to the finish work of CHRIST..



    1. Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

      I think the ultimate Zion is Christ Himself. Dr. Eli

      1. Liz Rhodes

        I agree and even in a broader sense, the Body of Messiah- Jew and Gentile –
        One new man are “becoming” Zion. For Zion is a place where God dwells, a resting place, a temple not built with hands but of living stones. “Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.” Ps. 50:2. Such a marvelous mystery being revealed in us for His glory. It is too wonderful and gives such an identity. “The LORD will write in the register of the people’s: ‘This one was born in Zion.'” Psalm 87:6 Yet it is a physical place as well.