Song of Praise for God’s Favor

25 Lord, You are (A)my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have (B)worked wonders,
(C)Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
For You have turned a city into a (D)heap,
A (E)fortified city into a ruin;
A (F)palace of strangers is no longer a city,
It will never be rebuilt.
Therefore a strong people will (G)glorify You;
(H)Cities of ruthless nations will revere You.
For You have been a (I)stronghold for the helpless,
A stronghold for the poor in his distress,
A (J)refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the (K)ruthless
Is like a rain storm against a wall.
Like heat in a dry land, You subdue the (L)uproar of foreigners;
Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is [a]silenced.

(M)Now the Lord of armies will prepare a [b]lavish banquet for (N)all peoples on this mountain;
A banquet of [c]aged wine, [d]choice pieces with marrow,
And [e]refined, aged wine.
And on this mountain He will destroy the [f](O)covering which is over all peoples,
The veil which is [g]stretched over all nations.
He will [h](P)swallow up death for all time,
And the Lord [i]God will (Q)wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the (R)disgrace of His people from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
And it will be said on that day,
“Behold, (S)this is our God for whom we have (T)waited [j]that (U)He might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
(V)Let’s rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
10 For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain,
And (W)Moab will be trampled down in his place
As straw is trampled down in the water of a manure pile.
11 And he will (X)spread out his hands in the middle of it
As a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim,
But the Lord will (Y)lay low his pride together with the trickery of his hands.
12 The (Z)unassailable fortifications of your walls He will bring down,
Lay low, and throw to the ground, to the dust.

Song of Trust in God’s Protection

26 (AA)On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a (AB)strong city;
He sets up walls and ramparts for [k](AC)security.
Open the (AD)gates, that the (AE)righteous nation may enter,
The one that [l]remains faithful.
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect (AF)peace,
Because he trusts in You.
(AG)Trust in the Lord forever,
For in [m]God the Lord, we have an everlasting (AH)Rock.
For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the (AI)unassailable city;
(AJ)He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.
(AK)The foot will trample it,
The feet of the (AL)poor, the steps of the helpless.”

The (AM)way of the righteous is smooth;
O Upright One, (AN)make the path of the righteous level.
Indeed, while following the way of (AO)Your judgments, Lord,
We have waited for You eagerly;
(AP)Your name, and (AQ)remembering You, is the desire of our souls.
(AR)At night [n]my soul longs for You,
Indeed, [o]my spirit within me (AS)seeks You diligently;
For when the earth [p]experiences Your judgments,
The inhabitants of the world (AT)learn righteousness.
10 Though the wicked person is shown compassion,
He does not (AU)learn righteousness;
He (AV)deals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
And does not perceive the majesty of the Lord.

11 Lord, Your hand is lifted up, yet they (AW)do not see it.
[q]They see (AX)Your zeal for the people and are put to shame;
Indeed, [r](AY)fire will devour Your enemies.
12 Lord, You will establish (AZ)peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all our works.
13 Lord, our God, (BA)other masters besides You have ruled us;
But through You alone we [s](BB)confess Your name.
14 (BC)The dead will not live, the [t]departed spirits will not rise;
Therefore You have (BD)punished and destroyed them,
And You have eliminated all remembrance of them.
15 (BE)You have increased the nation, Lord,
You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
You have (BF)extended all the borders of the land.
16 Lord, they sought You (BG)in distress;
They [u]could only whisper a prayer,
Your discipline was upon them.
17 (BH)As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth,
She writhes and cries out in her labor pains;
This is how we were before You, Lord.
18 We were pregnant, we writhed in labor,
We (BI)gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.
We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,
Nor were (BJ)inhabitants of the world [v]born.
19 Your (BK)dead will live;
[w]Their corpses will rise.
You who lie in the dust, (BL)awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the [x]dawn,
And the earth will [y]give birth to the [z]departed spirits.

20 Come, my people, (BM)enter your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little [aa](BN)while
Until (BO)indignation [ab]runs its course.
21 For behold, the Lord is about to (BP)come out from His place
To (BQ)punish the inhabitants of the earth for their wrongdoing;
And the earth will (BR)reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 25:5 Lit humbled
  2. Isaiah 25:6 Lit feast of fat things; i.e., abundance
  3. Isaiah 25:6 Lit wine on the lees
  4. Isaiah 25:6 Lit fat pieces
  5. Isaiah 25:6 Lit wine refined on the lees
  6. Isaiah 25:7 Lit face of the covering
  7. Isaiah 25:7 Lit woven
  8. Isaiah 25:8 I.e., destroy
  9. Isaiah 25:8 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  10. Isaiah 25:9 Or and He saved us
  11. Isaiah 26:1 Or salvation
  12. Isaiah 26:2 Lit keeps faithfulness
  13. Isaiah 26:4 Heb Yah, usually rendered Lord
  14. Isaiah 26:9 Lit with my soul I long
  15. Isaiah 26:9 Lit with my spirit...I seek
  16. Isaiah 26:9 Lit has
  17. Isaiah 26:11 Or Let them see...and be
  18. Isaiah 26:11 Or let the fire for Your adversaries devour them
  19. Isaiah 26:13 Or make Your name known
  20. Isaiah 26:14 Or shades
  21. Isaiah 26:16 Lit sound forth a whisper
  22. Isaiah 26:18 Lit fallen
  23. Isaiah 26:19 As in some ancient versions; MT My
  24. Isaiah 26:19 Lit lights
  25. Isaiah 26:19 Lit cause to fall
  26. Isaiah 26:19 Or shades
  27. Isaiah 26:20 Lit moment
  28. Isaiah 26:20 Lit passes over