Song of Trust in God’s Protection1 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.
2 “Open the e gates, that the f righteous nation may enter,
The one that ▼
▼ Lit keeps faithfulnessremains faithful.
3 “The 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 LordGod the Lord, we have an everlasting k Rock.
5 “For 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.”
7 The p way of the righteous is smooth;
O Upright One q make the path of the righteous level.
8 Indeed, 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 longmy soul longs for You,
▼ Lit with my spirit...I seekmy spirit within me x seeks You diligently;
For when the earth ▼
▼ Lit hasexperiences 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.
11 O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they ac do not see it.
▼ Or Let them see...and beThey 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.
13 O 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 shadesdeparted 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.
16 O Lord, they sought You aq in distress;
▼ Lit sound forth a whispercould 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.
18 We 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 fallenborn.
19 Your aw dead will live;
▼ So with some ancient versions; Heb MyTheir 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 lightsdawn,
And the earth will ▼
▼ Lit cause to fallgive birth to the ▼
▼ Or shadesdeparted spirits.
20 Come, 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 overruns its course.
21 For 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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