Isaiah 26

The Song of Judah

1 On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city. Salvation is established as walls and ramparts.
2 Open the gates so a righteous nation can come in- one that remains faithful.
3 You will keep in perfect peace the mind [that is] dependent [on You], for it is trusting in You.
4 Trust in the Lord forever, because in Yah, the Lord, is an everlasting rock!
5 For He has humbled those who live in lofty places- an inaccessible city. He brings it down; He brings it down to the ground; He throws it to the dust.
6 Feet trample it, the feet of the humble, the steps of the poor.a

God's People Vindicated

7 The path of the righteous is level; You clear a straight path for the righteous.
8 Yes, Lord, we wait for You in the path of Your judgments. Our desire is for Your name and renown.
9 I long for You in the night; yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You, for when Your judgments are [in] the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 [But if] the wicked is shown favor, he does not learn righteousness. In a righteous land he acts unjustly and does not see the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, Your hand is lifted up [to take action], but they do not see it. They will see [Your] zeal for [Your] people, and they will be put to shame. The fire for Your adversaries will consume them!
12 Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our work for us.
13 Lord, our God, other lords than You have ruled over us, but we remember Your name alone.
14 The dead do not live;b departed spirits do not rise up. Indeed, You have visited and destroyed them; You have wiped out all memory of them.
15 You have added to the nation, Lord. You have added to the nation; You are honored. You have expanded all the borders of the land.
16 Lord, they went to You in their distress; they poured out whispered [prayers because] Your discipline [fell] on them.c
17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so we were before You, Lord.
18 We became pregnant, we writhed in pain; we gave birth to wind. We have won no victories on earth, and the earth's inhabitants have not fallen.
19 Your dead will live; their bodiesd will rise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust! For you will be covered with the morning dew,e and the earth will bring forth the departed spirits.
20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and close your doors behind you. Hide for a little while until the wrath has passed.
21 For look, the Lord is coming from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will reveal the blood shed on it and will no longer conceal her slain.