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Isaiah 26 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song: Our city is now strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God's 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 Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. 2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
5 He humbles the proud and brings the arrogant city to the dust. Its walls come crashing down! 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 The poor and oppressed trample it underfoot. 6 Feet trample it down-- the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.
7 But for those who are righteous, the path is not steep and rough. You are a God of justice, and you smooth out the road ahead of them. 7 The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.
8 LORD, we love to obey your laws; our heart's desire is to glorify your name. 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 All night long I search for you; earnestly I seek for God. For only when you come to judge the earth will people turn from wickedness and do what is 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 Your kindness to the wicked does not make them do good. They keep doing wrong and take no notice of the LORD's majesty. 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 O LORD, they do not listen when you threaten. They do not see your upraised fist. Show them your eagerness to defend your people. Perhaps then they will be ashamed. Let your fire consume your enemies. 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 LORD, you will grant us peace, for all we have accomplished is really from you. 12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
13 O LORD our God, others have ruled us, but we worship you alone. 13 O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.
14 Those we served before are dead and gone. Never again will they return! You attacked them and destroyed them, and they are long forgotten. 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 We praise you, LORD! You have made our nation great; you have extended our borders! 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 LORD, in distress we searched for you. We were bowed beneath the burden of your discipline. 16 LORD, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.
17 We were like a woman about to give birth, writhing and crying out in pain. When we are in your presence, LORD, 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, too, writhe in agony, but nothing comes of our suffering. We have done nothing to rescue the world; no one has been born to populate the earth. 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 Yet we have this assurance: Those who belong to God will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For God's light of life will fall like dew on his people in the place of 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 Go home, my people, and lock your doors! Hide until the LORD's anger against your enemies has passed. 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 Look! The LORD is coming from heaven to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will no longer hide those who have been murdered. They will be brought out for all to see. 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.