take root

to become settled, established, or accepted
—Once the idea of democracy took root in the country, the people did not rest until they overthrew the dictator.

While most of the kings in Israel and Judah did not follow the ways of God, some of them were godly rulers. One of the best kings of Judah was Hezekiah, who “trusted in the Lord God of Israel.” While Hezekiah was king, the Assyrian army captured Israel and the fortified cities of Judah. The king of Assyria sent a threatening letter to Hezekiah, saying that God could not save Jerusalem from destruction. Isaiah gave Hezekiah God’s reply, in which God promised that he would defeat the Assyrians and restore Judah:

Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground [take root downward—KJV] and bear fruit.

For a remnant will leave Jerusalem;

survivors will come out of Mount Zion.

The intense devotion of the sovereign Lord to his people will accomplish this. (2 Kings 19:30,31)

After an angel from God attacked the Assyrian army, the Assyrians left Judah. Some time later, the king of Assyria was killed by two of his sons.

Mount Zion, or Zion, is the name of the hill on which Jerusalem was built. By the time of Isaiah, the name had come to represnt the entire city. Zion is also used in the Bible to represent the Jewish people.

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