Isaiah 26 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At that time, this song will be sung in the country of Judah: We have a strong city, Salvation City, built and fortified with salvation. 1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts.
2 Throw wide the gates so good and true people can enter. 2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.
3 People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don't quit. 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
4 Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
5 Those who lived high and mighty he knocked off their high horse. He used the city built on the hill as fill for the marshes. 5 He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.
6 All the exploited and outcast peoples build their lives on the reclaimed land. 6 Feet trample it down-- the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.
7 The path of right-living people is level. The Leveler evens the road for the right-living. 7 The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.
8 We're in no hurry, God. We're content to linger in the path sign-posted with your decisions. Who you are and what you've done are all we'll ever want. 8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
9 Through the night my soul longs for you. Deep from within me my spirit reaches out to you. When your decisions are on public display, everyone learns how to live right. 9 My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.
10 If the wicked are shown grace, they don't seem to get it. In the land of right living, they persist in wrong living, blind to the splendor of God. 10 Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD.
11 You hold your hand up high, God, but they don't see it. Open their eyes to what you do, to see your zealous love for your people. Shame them. Light a fire under them. Get the attention of these enemies of yours. 11 O LORD, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.
12 God, order a peaceful and whole life for us because everything we've done, you've done for us. 12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
13 O God, our God, we've had other masters rule us, but you're the only Master we've ever known. 13 O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.
14 The dead don't talk, ghosts don't walk, Because you've said, "Enough - that's all for you," and wiped them off the books. 14 They are now dead, they live no more; those departed spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin; you wiped out all memory of them.
15 But the living you make larger than life. The more life you give, the more glory you display, and stretch the borders to accommodate more living! 15 You have enlarged the nation, O LORD; you have enlarged the nation. You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders of the land.
16 O God, they begged you for help when they were in trouble, when your discipline was so heavy they could barely whisper a prayer. 16 LORD, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.
17 Like a woman having a baby, writhing in distress, screaming her pain as the baby is being born, That's how we were because of you, O God. 17 As a woman with child and about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O LORD.
18 We were pregnant full-term. We writhed in labor but bore no baby. We gave birth to wind. Nothing came of our labor. We produced nothing living. We couldn't save the world. 18 We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.
19 But friends, your dead will live, your corpses will get to their feet. All you dead and buried, wake up! Sing! Your dew is morning dew catching the first rays of sun, The earth bursting with life, giving birth to the dead. 19 But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.
20 Come, my people, go home and shut yourselves in. Go into seclusion for a while until the punishing wrath is past, 20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.
21 Because God is sure to come from his place to punish the wrong of the people on earth. Earth itself will point out the bloodstains; it will show where the murdered have been hidden away. 21 See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.