Isaiah 26 NIV

A Song of Praise

1 In that day1 this song will be sung2 in the land of Judah: We have a strong city;3 God makes salvation its walls4 and ramparts.5

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2 Open the gates6 that the righteous7 nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.

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      3 You will keep in perfect peace8 him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts9 in you.

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      4 Trust10 in the LORD forever,11 for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock12 eternal.

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      5 He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground13 and casts it down to the dust.14

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      6 Feet trample15 it down-- the feet of the oppressed,16 the footsteps of the poor.17

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      7 The path of the righteous is level;18 O upright One,19 you make the way of the righteous smooth.20

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      8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws,a21 we wait22 for you; your name23 and renown are the desire of our hearts.

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        • a 26:8 - Or "judgments"
          9 My soul yearns for you in the night;24 in the morning my spirit longs25 for you. When your judgments26 come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.27

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          10 Though grace is shown to the wicked,28 they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil29 and regard30 not the majesty of the LORD.

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          11 O LORD, your hand is lifted high,31 but they do not see32 it. Let them see your zeal33 for your people and be put to shame;34 let the fire35 reserved for your enemies consume them.

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          12 LORD, you establish peace36 for us; all that we have accomplished you have done37 for us.

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          13 O LORD, our God, other lords38 besides you have ruled over us, but your name39 alone do we honor.40

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          14 They are now dead,41 they live no more; those departed spirits42 do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin;43 you wiped out all memory of them.44

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          15 You have enlarged the nation, O LORD; you have enlarged the nation.45 You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders46 of the land.

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          16 LORD, they came to you in their distress;47 when you disciplined48 them, they could barely whisper49 a prayer.b

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            • b 26:16 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
              17 As a woman with child and about to give birth50 writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O LORD.

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              18 We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth51 to wind. We have not brought salvation52 to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.53

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              19 But your dead54 will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust,55 wake up and shout for joy. Your dew56 is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.57

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              20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors58 behind you; hide59 yourselves for a little while until his wrath60 has passed by.61

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              21 See, the LORD is coming62 out of his dwelling63 to punish64 the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood65 shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.

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