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Isaiah 26 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A day is coming when the people will sing this song in the land of Judah: Our city is strong! God himself defends its walls! 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 city gates and let the faithful nation enter, the nation whose people do what is right. 2 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.
3 You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever; he will always protect us. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
5 He has humbled those who were proud; he destroyed the strong city they lived in, and sent its walls crashing into the dust. 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 Those who were oppressed walk over it now and trample it under their feet. 6 Feet trample it down-- the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.
7 Lord, you make the path smooth for good people; the road they travel is level. 7 The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.
8 We follow your will and put our hope in you; you are all that we desire. 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 At night I long for you with all my heart; when you judge the earth and its people, they will all learn what justice is. 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 Even though you are kind to the wicked, they never learn to do what is right. Even here in a land of righteous people they still do wrong; they refuse to recognize your greatness. 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 Your enemies do not know that you will punish them. Lord, put them to shame and let them suffer; let them suffer the punishment you have prepared. Show them how much you love your people. 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 You will give us prosperity, Lord; everything that we achieve is the result of what you do. 12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
13 Lord our God, we have been ruled by others, but you alone are our Lord. 13 O LORD, our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.
14 Now they are dead and will not live again; their ghosts will not rise, for you have punished them and destroyed them. No one remembers them any more. 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 Lord, you have made our nation grow, enlarging its territory on every side; and this has brought you honor. 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 You punished your people, Lord, and in anguish they prayed to you. 16 LORD, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.
17 You, Lord, have made us cry out, as a woman in labor cries out in pain. 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 in pain and agony, but we gave birth to nothing. We have won no victory for our land; we have accomplished nothing. 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 Those of our people who have died will live again! Their bodies will come back to life. All those sleeping in their graves will wake up and sing for joy. As the sparkling dew refreshes the earth, so the Lord will revive those who have long been 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 into your houses, my people, and shut the door behind you. Hide yourselves for a little while until God's anger is over. 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 The Lord is coming from his heavenly dwelling place to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The murders that were secretly committed on the earth will be revealed, and the ground will no longer hide those who have been killed. 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.