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Chapter 26

Judah’s Praise and Prayer for Deliverance.[a] On that day this song shall be sung in the land of Judah:

“A strong city[b] have we;
    he sets up victory as our walls and ramparts.(A)
Open up the gates
    that a righteous nation may enter,
    one that keeps faith.(B)

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  1. 26:1–19 This text is a mixture of praise for the salvation that will take place, a confession of Judah’s inability to achieve deliverance on its own, and earnest prayer that God may quickly bring about the longed-for salvation.
  2. 26:1 Strong city: Jerusalem, the antithesis of the “city of chaos” (24:10); see note on 24:1–27:13.