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“O Little Besieged Bethlehem “


From Ramone, at Weeping Jeremiahs

O little town of Bethlehem
We sing of thee tonight
We give gifts to each other but
We care not for your plight
Far away from our comforts
Your people live in fears
Their lands taken and walled within
No one to wipe their tears

O little besieged Bethlehem
Your children can’t be free
To sing in peace like we do now
Occupation they see
For walls are built around them
And settlers build new homes
Destroying olive trees and lives
And saying ‘Israel owns’

O little besieged Bethlehem
Once born in you there was
A peacemaker the Messiah
Who heard the oppressed’s cause
Yet today those who claim Him
Ignore your quiet cries
And ship money and weapons to
Help those who colonize

O little besieged Bethlehem
Tonight a remnant prays
For peace and justice as Christ taught
Remembering His ways
For He was also born in
Occupation and strife
And one day soon He will return
With justice, grace and life

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  – Isaiah 9:6

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. – Luke 2

2 comments on ““O Little Besieged Bethlehem “

  1. 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

    14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

    verse 14 is the Key verse similar verses say similar to those in God or similar

    • Doug, forgive me but im not fully grasping your point? Are you pointing to there being different translations of verse 14?

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