Scripture Verse

Israel and…Judah, from Dan even to Beersheba. 2 Samuel 3:10


Words: C. W. Ross, in Song and Stu­dy for God’s Lit­tle Ones, ed­it­ed by Ber­tha F. Vel­la (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ro­bert R. Mc­Cabe, 1894), pag­es 104–05. This song is used to teach Sun­day school stu­dents the ge­o­gra­phy of the Ho­ly Land. It was pub­lished with this note: Bi­ble Ge­o­gra­phy is made ve­ry at­trac­tive by hav­ing the map of Pal­es­tine drawn up­on the black­board by one or more pu­pils, to­ge­ther or in turn, in time with the sing­ing done by the class.

Music: Ar­ranged from Al­ex­an­der Zar­nock (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ross or Zar­nock (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


First the line on coast we make;
Merom next, a marshy lake;
Then the Sea of Galilee,
Exactly west of Carmel, see.
The Jordan river flows thro’ both
To the Dead Sea on the south;
And the Great Sea westward lies
Stretching far as sunset skies.

Looking northward you may view
Lebanon and Hermon, too;
Carmel and Gilboa grim,
Tabor, Ebal, Gerizim.
Near Jerusalem we see
Olivet and Calvary.
Judea’s hills rise south and west
Of lonely Nebo’s lowering crest.

On Zion stands Jerusalem;
Six miles south is Bethlehem;
On Olive’s slopes is Bethany,
Bethabara by Jordan see.
Our Savior drank at Sychar’s well;
Of boyhood days let Nazareth tell;
At Cana water turned to wine,
Showed our Lord to be divine.

Capernaum by Galilee,
Near its twin Bethsaida see;
Cæsarea Phillippi
At Hermon’s base is seen to lie;
Along the coast these three appear,
Gaza, Joppa, Cæsarea;
South to Bethel we may go,
To Hebron next and Jericho.

From heathen Tyre materials came
To build a temple to God’s name;
The sorrowing widow’s son at Nain
Jesus raised to life again.
See Dan, where Jordan’s waters rise,
Beersheba nearer tropic skies;
North and south these cities stand,
And mark the length of Israel’s land.