You have enlarged the nation, O LORD; you have enlarged the nation.1 You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders2 of the land.
LORD, they came to you in their distress;3 when you disciplined4 them, they could barely whisper5 a prayer.a17
As a woman with child and about to give birth6 writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O LORD.
We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth7 to wind. We have not brought salvation8 to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.919
But your dead10 will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust,11 wake up and shout for joy. Your dew12 is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.1320
Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors14 behind you; hide15 yourselves for a little while until his wrath16 has passed by.1721
See, the LORD is coming18 out of his dwelling19 to punish20 the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood21 shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.