Isaiah Chapter 26 |
1In that day, this song shall be sung
In the land of Judah:
Ours is a mighty city;
He makes victory our inner and outer wall.
2Open the gates, and let
A righteous nation enter,
[A nation] that keeps faith.
3The confident mind You guard in safety,
In safety because it trusts in You.
4Trust in the Lord for ever and ever,
For in Yah the Lord you have an everlasting Rock.
5For He has brought low those who dwelt high up,
Has humbled the secure city,
Humbled it to the ground,
Leveled it with the dust—
6To be trampled underfoot,
By the feet of the needy,
By the soles of the poor.
7The path is level for the righteous man;
O Just One, You make smooth the course of the righteous.
8For Your just ways, O Lord, we look to You;
We long for the name by which You are called.
9At night I yearn for You with all my being,
I seek You with all the spirit within me.
For when Your judgments are wrought on earth,
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10But when the scoundrel is spared, he learns not righteousness;
In a place of integrity, he does wrong—
He ignores the majesty of the Lord.
They see not Your hand exalted.
Let them be shamed as they behold
Your zeal for Your people
And fire consuming Your adversaries.
May You appoint well-being for us,
Since You have also requited all our misdeeds.
13O Lord our God!
Lords other than You possessed us,
But only Your name shall we utter.
14They are dead, they can never live;
Shades, they can never rise;
Of a truth, You have dealt with them and wiped them out,
Have put an end to all mention of them.
15When You added to the nation, O Lord,
When You added to the nation,
Extending all the boundaries of the land,
You were honored.
16O Lord! In their distress, they sought You;
Your chastisement reduced them
To anguished whispered prayer.
17Like a woman with child
Writhing and screaming in her pangs,
So are we become because of You, O Lord.
18We were with child, we writhed—
It is as though we had given birth to wind;
We have won no victory on earth;
The inhabitants of the world have not come to life!
19Oh, let Your dead revive!
Let corpses arise!
Awake and shout for joy,
You who dwell in the dust!—
For Your dew is like the dew on fresh growth;
You make the land of the shades come to life.
20Go, my people, enter your chambers,
And lock your doors behind you.
Hide but a little moment,
Until the indignation passes.
The Lord shall come forth from His place
To punish the dwellers of the earth
For their iniquity;
And the earth shall disclose its bloodshed
And shall no longer conceal its slain.