See also the Talmud, Kethuboth, fol. 111, col. 1. Dr. Benisch
renders "and make expiation for His ground and His people." The
Targums of Jonathan and the Yerushalmi have, "He will make
atonement for His land and for His people;" and Onkelos puts it
thus, "He will show mercy unto His land and His people." Our
rendering, however, is in accordance with the sense given to it
in the Talmud. There are Jews who travel about the world with
bags of earth from the Holy Land, which they sell in small
quantities for high prices to such as can afford it, and believe
in its virtue as a protection against the worms of the grave.
Jerusalem is the light of the world; as it is said, "And the Gentiles
shall come to Thy light" (Isa. lx. 3). And the light of Jerusalem is the
Holy One--blessed be He!--as it is written, but "the Lord shall be unto
thee an everlasting light" (Isa. Ix. 19).
THE MIDRASHIM, _Bereshith Rabbah_, chap. 59.