26 ·At that time [L In that day] this song will be sung in Judah:
We have a strong city. ·God protects us with [L His salvation/deliverance is] its strong walls and defenses. 2 Open the gates, and the ·good people [righteous nation] will enter, those who ·follow God [remain faithful]. 3 You, Lord, ·give [preserve/keep in] ·true peace [complete peace; L peace, peace] ·to those who depend on you [T whose mind is stayed on you; L whose purpose is firm], because they trust you. 4 So, trust the Lord always, because ·he [L in Yah, the Lord/Yahweh; C Yah is a shorter version of Yahweh] is our ·Rock forever [eternal rock]. 5 He will ·destroy [humble; bring down] ·the people of that proud city [L those who dwell on a high place], He will bring that ·high [lofty; arrogant] city down to the ground and throw it down into the dust. 6 ·Then those who were hurt by the city will walk on its ruins [L The foot tramples it down, the feet of the oppressed]; ·those who were made poor by the city will trample it under their feet [L the footsteps of the poor (will trample it)].
7 The ·path [way] of life is level for ·those who are right with God [the righteous]; ·Lord[or Upright One], you make the way of life ·smooth [straight; level] for those people. 8 But, Lord, we are waiting ·for your [or in the] ·way of justice [or path/way of your judgments]. Our souls ·want to remember [or desire; or wish to see glorified] ·you [your renown; your remembrance] and your name. 9 My soul ·wants to be with [longs/yearns for] you at night, and my spirit ·wants to be with [seeks; longs for] you ·at the dawn of every day [in the morning]. When your ·way of justice [judgment] comes to the ·land [earth], ·people [the inhabitants] of the world will learn ·the right way of living [righteousness; justice]. 10 Evil people will not learn ·to do good [righteousness; justice] even if you show them ·kindness [mercy; grace]. They will continue ·doing evil [acting unjustly], even if they live in a ·good world [land of uprightness]; they never see the Lord’s ·greatness [majesty]. 11 Lord, ·you are ready to punish those people [L your hand is lifted up; C ready to strike], but they do not see that. ·Show them your strong love for your people [L They will see your zeal for your people; or They will see your zealous judgment against mankind]. ·Then those who are evil [L …and they] will be ashamed. ·Burn [Consume] them in the fire ·you have prepared for [L of] your ·enemies [adversaries]. 12 Lord, all our ·success is [accomplishments/works are] because of what you have done, ·so give us peace [or and you give us peace/security]. 13 Lord, our God, other masters besides you have ruled us, but we ·honor [praise; remember] only ·you [L your name]. 14 ·Those masters are now dead [L They are dead, never to live]; their ·ghosts [spirits] will not rise from death. You punished and destroyed them and erased any memory of them. 15 Lord, you ·multiplied the number of your people [enlarged/made great the nation]; you ·multiplied them [enlarged/made great the nation] and brought ·honor [glory] to yourself. You ·widened [enlarged; extended] the borders of the land. 16 Lord, people ·remember [seek; come to] you when they are in trouble; they ·say quiet prayers to you [or utter incantations] when you punish them. 17 Lord, ·when we are with you [or because of you], we are like a woman giving birth to a baby; she cries and has pain from the birth. 18 ·In the same way [L We were pregnant/conceived], we ·had pain [writhed; strained]. We gave birth, but only to wind. We ·don’t bring [or can’t bring; haven’t brought] salvation to the ·land [earth] ·or given birth to new people for the world [L nor have the inhabitants of the earth fallen]. 19 Your dead will live again; their bodies will rise from death. You who ·lie in the ground [L dwell in the dust], wake up and ·be happy [shout joyfully]! ·The dew covering you [L Your dew] is ·like the dew of a new day [L a dew of lights]; the ·ground [earth] will give birth to the dead.
Judgment: Reward or Punishment
20 My people, go into your ·rooms [chambers; inner rooms] and shut your doors behind you. Hide in your rooms for a short time until God’s anger ·is finished [has passed by]. 21 [L For look/T behold] The Lord ·will leave [is coming out of] his place to punish the ·people [inhabitants] of the world for their sins. The earth will ·show [reveal; disclose] ·the blood of the people who have been killed [L its blood]; it will not cover ·the dead [its slain] any longer.
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