Isaiah 26

A Song of Trust in God's Provision

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city. Salvation is established as its walls and ramparts. Open the gates that a righteous nation may enter— one that remains faithful. The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, because GOD the LORD [is] the Rock eternal. For He has humbled those who dwell on high— He lays the lofty city {low} . He brings it down to the ground; He casts it into the dust. Feet trample it down— the feet of the oppressed, the steps of the poor. The path of the righteous is level; You clear a straight path for the righteous. Yes, we wait for You, O LORD; [we walk] in the path of Your judgments. Your name and renown are the desire of [our] souls. My soul longs [for You] in the night; indeed, my spirit within me diligently seeks You. For when Your judgments [come] upon the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10  Though grace is shown to the wicked man, he does not learn righteousness. In the land of righteousness he acts unjustly and fails to see the majesty of the LORD. 11  O LORD, Your hand is upraised, but they do not see it. They will see Your zeal for Your people, and be put to shame. The fire set for Your enemies will consume them! 12  O LORD, You will establish peace for us, for, indeed, all that we have accomplished, You have done for us. 13  O LORD our God, [other] lords besides You have had dominion, but Your name alone do we confess. 14  The dead will not live; the departed spirits will not rise. Therefore You have punished and destroyed them; You have wiped out all memory of them. 15  You have enlarged the nation, O LORD; You have increased the nation. You are glorified. You have extended the borders of the land. 16  O LORD, they sought You in their distress; when You disciplined them, they poured out a quiet prayer. 17  As a woman with child [and] about to give birth writhes and cries out in pain, that is how we were in Your presence, O LORD. 18  We were pregnant, we writhed in pain, we gave birth to wind. We have brought no salvation to the earth, nor brought any life into the world. 19  Your dead will live; their bodies will rise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust! For your dew is like the dew of the morning, and the earth will bring forth her dead. 20  Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourselves a little while until the wrath has passed. 21  For behold, the LORD is coming out of His dwelling to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will reveal her bloodshed and no longer conceal her slain.
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