Note that Psalm 48 is a song of praise to both God and the city in which He dwells. He is greatly to be praised ‘in the city of our God, in His holy mountain…the joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion, the city of the great King.’ Verse 8 tells us that it’s 'in the city of the Lord of Hosts; in the city of our God’ where His people have heard and seen Him! Other kings came and were in awe and fear and hastened away (vv.4-6). The City of God was on Mount Zion and its heart was the Temple, where The King of kings dwelt! Zion is part of the old City of David. The illustration below is of the City of David above the Spring Gihon (south of the mistaken 'Temple Mount')
In John 11:48 we are told that after the raising of Lazarus the Council met and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.”
Here, John uses the time-honored nick-name for the Temple, The Place. The Greek, shown below, reads literally like this ‘..and they will come the Romans and will take away (of us or ours) both the place and the nation.’
...καὶ ἐλεύσονται οἱ Ῥωμαῖοι καὶ ἀροῦσιν ἡμῶν καὶ τὸν τόπον καὶ τὸ ἔθνος.
It is clear that John means the Temple (as many translations say—even though the word Temple is not here!) and you’ll also note how closely identified in the Jewish heart, was the Temple (The Place) with their nationhood or identity. Read THE PLACE to find out more! https://wipfandstock.com/the-place.html
From Ian Heard