Isaiah 26

Song of Trust in God’s Protection

1 a  In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a b  strong city;
He sets up walls and ramparts for
Or salvation
d  security.
2Open the e  gates, that the f  righteous nation may enter,
The one that
Lit keeps faithfulness
remains faithful.
3The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect h  peace,
Because he trusts in You.
4 i  Trust in the  Lord forever,
For in
Heb  Yah, usually rendered  Lord
 God the  Lord, we have an everlasting k  Rock.
5For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the l  unassailable city;
m  He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.
6 n  The foot will trample it,
The feet of the o  afflicted, the steps of the helpless.”

7The p  way of the righteous is smooth;
O Upright One q  make the path of the righteous level.
8Indeed, while following the way of r  Your judgments, O  Lord,
We have waited for You eagerly;
s  Your name, even Your t  memory, is the desire of our souls.
9 u  At night
Lit with my soul I long
my soul longs for You,
Lit with my spirit...I seek
my spirit within me x  seeks You diligently;
For when the earth
Lit has
experiences Your judgments
The inhabitants of the world z  learn righteousness.
10 Though the wicked is shown favor,
He does not aa  learn righteousness;
He ab  deals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
And does not perceive the majesty of the  Lord.

11O  Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they ac  do not see it.
Or Let them see...and be
They see ae  Your zeal for the people and are put to shame;
Or let the fire for Your adversaries devour them
ag  fire will devour Your enemies.
12 Lord, You will establish ah  peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all our works.
13O  Lord our God ai  other masters besides You have ruled us;
But through You alone we
Or cause to be remembered
ak  confess Your name.
14 al  The dead will not live, the
Or shades
departed spirits will not rise;
Therefore You have an  punished and destroyed them,
And You have wiped out all remembrance of them.
15 ao  You have increased the nation, O  Lord,
You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
You have ap  extended all the borders of the land.
16O  Lord, they sought You aq  in distress;
Lit sound forth a whisper
could only whisper a prayer,
Your chastening was upon them.
17 as  As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth,
She writhes and cries out in her labor pains,
Thus were we before You, O  Lord.
18We were pregnant, we writhed in labor,
We at  gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.
We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,
Nor were au  inhabitants of the world
Lit fallen
19Your aw  dead will live;
So with some ancient versions; Heb My
Their corpses will rise.
You who lie in the dust ay  awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the
Lit lights
And the earth will
Lit cause to fall
give birth to the
Or shades
departed spirits.

20Come, my people bc  enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little
Lit moment
be  while
Until bf  indignation
Lit passes over
runs its course.
21For behold, the  Lord is about to bh  come out from His place
To bi  punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
And the earth will bj  reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain.

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