Isaiah 26

Song of Trust in God’s Protection

26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city;
He sets up salvation as walls and ramparts.
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“Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter,
The one that [a]remains faithful and trustworthy.
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“You will keep in [b]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both [c]inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
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“Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],
For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
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“For He has thrown down the [arrogant] ones who dwell on high, the lofty and inaccessible city;
He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He hurls it to the dust.
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“The foot will trample it,
Even the feet of the suffering, and the steps of the helpless.”

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The way of the righteous [those in right-standing with God—living in moral and spiritual integrity] is smooth and level;
O Upright One, make a level path for the just and righteous.
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Indeed, in the path of Your judgments, O Lord,
We have waited expectantly for You;
Your name, even Your memory, is the desire and deep longing of our souls.
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In the night my soul longs for You [O Lord],
Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
For [only] when Your judgments are experienced on the earth
Will the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
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Though the wicked is shown compassion and favor,
He does not learn righteousness;
In the land of uprightness he deals unjustly,
And refuses to see the majesty of the Lord.

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Though Your hand is lifted up [to strike], O Lord, the wicked do not see it.
Let them see Your zeal for Your people and be put to shame;
Indeed, let the fire reserved for Your enemies consume them.
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Lord, You will establish peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all that we have done.
13
O Lord our God, other masters besides You have ruled over us;
But through You alone we confess Your name.
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The [wicked] dead will not live [again], the spirits of the dead will not rise and return;
Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
And You have wiped out every memory of them [every trace of them].
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You have increased the nation, O Lord;
You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
You have extended all the borders of the land.
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O Lord, they sought You in distress;
They managed only a prayerful whisper
When Your discipline was upon them.
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As a woman with child approaches the time to give birth,
She is in pain and struggles and cries out in her labor,
So we were before You, O Lord.
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We have been with child, we have twisted and struggled in labor;
We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.
We could not accomplish salvation for the earth,
Nor were inhabitants of the world [d]born.
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Your dead will live;
[e]Their dead bodies will rise.
You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy!
For your dew is a dew of [celestial] light [heavenly, supernatural],
And the earth will give birth to the spirits of the dead.(A)

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Come, my people, enter your chambers
And shut your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until the [Lord’s] [f]wrath is past.
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Listen carefully, the Lord is about to come out of His [heavenly] place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their wickedness [their sin, their injustice, their wrongdoing];
The earth will reveal the [innocent] blood shed upon her
And will no longer cover her slain.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 26:2 Lit keeps trustworthiness.
  2. Isaiah 26:3 Lit peace, peace, a Hebrew idiom of emphasis.
  3. Isaiah 26:3 The Hebrew word for inclination became a technical term in Jewish tradition, and the rabbis frequently referred to the “evil inclination” much in the same sense as the sin nature. They also recognized a “good inclination,” which the righteous choose to follow, and urged people to make their good inclination king over the evil inclination.
  4. Isaiah 26:18 Lit fallen.
  5. Isaiah 26:19 So with some ancient versions; MT reads My dead body.
  6. Isaiah 26:20 Lit curse.

Cross references

  1. Isaiah 26:19 : Ezek 37:11, 12

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