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Isaiah 26

26
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1In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city,
Salvation will He appoint for walls and bulwarks.
2Open ye the gates, that a righteous nation
Which keepeth the truth may enter in.
3A well-established mind,
Wilt thou preserve in perfect peace;
For in thee it trusteth.
4Trust ye in Jehovah for ever;
For Jehovah is the everlasting God, a rock of ages.
5For he hath humbled those that dwell on high;
The lofty city, he hath brought her down:
He hath brought her down even to the ground;
He hath levelled her with the dust.
6The foot shall trample upon her;
The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the needy.
7The way of the righteous is perfectly straight;
Thou, most upright, levellest the path of the righteous.
8Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Jehovah, we have waited for thee;
To thy name, and the remembrance of thee, is the desire of our soul.
9With my soul have I desired thee in the night;
Yea, with my inmost spirit I have sought thee early:
For when thy judgments are in the earth,
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10Though mercy be shewn to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness:
In the land of rectitude he will deal perversely,
And will not regard the majesty of Jehovah.
11Thy hand, O Jehovah, is lifted up, yet will they not see:
But they shall see thy zeal for the people, and shall be ashamed;
Yea, fire shall burn up thine adversaries.
12Thou, O Jehovah, wilt ordain peace for us.
For thou hast wrought even all our works for us.
13O Jehovah, our God!
Other lords, beside thee, have had dominion over us:
But through thee only will we henceforth make mention of thy name.
14They are dead, they shall not live;
They are deceased, they shall not rise:
Because thou hast visited, and destroyed them;
And hast abolished all the memorial of them.
15Thou hast added to the nation, O Jehovah;
Thou hast added to the nation; thou art glorified:
Thou hast extended far all the borders of the land.
16O Jehovah, in affliction have they looked up to thee:
They poured out humble supplication, when thy chastening was upon them.
17Like as a woman with child, when her delivery approacheth,
Is in pain, and crieth out in her travail;
So have we been in thy sight, O Jehovah.
18We have conceived, we have travailed,
When we gave birth, it was wind:
Therefore the earth hath not gained any relief,
Neither an increase made to the inhabitants of the world.
19Thy dead shall revive, and our dead bodies shall rise again:
Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust!
For the dew of plants is thy dew;
And the earth shall bring forth the dead.
20Come, my people! retire into thy secret apartments;
And shut thy doors after thee:
Hide thyself for a little moment,
Until the indignation be overpast.
21For behold, Jehovah is going forth from his place,
To punish for his iniquity the inhabitant of the earth;
And the earth shall disclose her blood,
And shall no longer cover her slain.

Isaiah 26

26
The Song of Judah
1On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city.
Salvation is established as walls and ramparts.#Is 60:18
2Open the gates
so a righteous nation can come in —
one that remains faithful.
3You will keep the mind that is dependent on you
in perfect peace,#Is 26:12; 27:5; 57:19; 66:12
for it is trusting in you.
4Trust in the Lord forever,
because in the Lord, the Lord himself, is an everlasting rock!#Ps 73:26; Is 17:10; 30:29; 44:8
5For he has humbled those who live in lofty places —
an inaccessible city.#Is 25:10–12
He brings it down; he brings it down to the ground;
he throws it to the dust.
6Feet trample it,
the feet of the humble,
the steps of the poor.
God’s People Vindicated
7The path of the righteous is level;#Ps 27:11
you clear a straight path for the righteous.
8Yes, Lord, we wait for you
in the path of your judgments.
Our desire is for your name and renown.#Ex 3:15
9I long for you in the night;#Ps 77:2; 84:2; 119:20,81
yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks you,
for when your judgments are in the land,
the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10But if the wicked man is shown favor,
he does not learn righteousness.
In a righteous land he acts unjustly
and does not see the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, your hand is lifted up to take action,
but they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people
and be put to shame.
Let fire consume your adversaries.
12 Lord, you will establish peace for us,
for you have also done all our work for us.
13 Lord our God, lords other than you have owned#26:13 Or married us,
but we remember your name alone.#Jn 10:25
14The dead do not live;
departed spirits do not rise up.
Indeed, you have punished and destroyed them;
you have wiped out all memory of them.#Jb 18:17; Ps 9:6
15You have added to the nation, Lord.#Is 9:3
You have added to the nation; you are honored.
You have expanded all the borders of the land.#Is 33:17; 54:2–3
16 Lord, they went to you in their distress;#Is 37:3; Hs 5:15
they poured out whispered prayers
because your discipline fell on them.#26:16 Hb obscure
17As a pregnant woman about to give birth
writhes and cries out in her pains,#Is 13:8
so we were before you, Lord.
18We became pregnant, we writhed in pain;
we gave birth to wind.
We have won no victories on earth,
and the earth’s inhabitants have not fallen.
19Your dead will live; their bodies#26:19 Lit live; my body they will rise.#Is 25:8; Ezk 37:1–14; Dn 12:2; Hs 13:14; Mt 11:5; Lk 7:22; Jn 8:51
Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust!
For you will be covered with the morning dew,#26:19 Lit For your dew is a dew of lights
and the earth will bring out the departed spirits.
20Go, my people, enter your rooms
and close your doors behind you.
Hide for a little while until the wrath has passed.#Is 10:5,25; 13:5; 34:2; 66:14
21For look, the Lord is coming from his place#Mc 1:3
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity.#Is 13:11
The earth will reveal the blood shed on it
and will no longer conceal her slain.