26 At that time,[a] people will sing this song[b] in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city; God crafts victory, its walls and ramparts.[c] 2 Open your[d] gates, so the righteous nation that safeguards its faith may enter. 3 You will keep perfectly peaceful[e] the one whose mind remains focused on you, because he remains[f] in you.
4 “Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God[g] you have an everlasting rock. 5 For he has made drunk[h] the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low[i] to the ground casting it down to the dust, 6 by the feet of the oppressed who trample it,[j] by the footsteps of the needy.[k]
7 “The path of the righteous is level; O Upright One,[l] you make safe[m] the way of justice.[n] 8 Yes, Lord, in the path of your judgments we wait;[o] your name and your Law[p] are the[q] soul’s desire. 9 My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me searches for you. For when your judgments come upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn righteousness. 10 If favor is shown to the wicked, they don’t learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they act perversely and do not perceive the majesty of the Lord.
11 “Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. And[r] let them see your zeal for your[s] people and be put to shame— yes, let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them! 12 Lord, you will decide[t] peace for us, for you have indeed accomplished all our achievements for us. 13 O Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but through you alone we acknowledge your name. 14 The dead won’t live, and[u] the departed spirits won’t rise— to that end, you punished and destroyed them, then locked away[v] all memory of them.
15 “But you have enlarged the nation,[w]Lord; you have enlarged the nation.[x] You have gained honor; you have extended all the borders of the land.
16 Lord, they[y] came to you in distress; they poured out their secret[z] prayer when your chastenings were[aa] afflicting[ab] them. 17 Just as a pregnant woman writhes and cries out during her labor when she is about to give birth, so were we because of you, Lord. 18 We were pregnant, writhing in pain, but we gave birth only to wind. We have not won your[ac] victory on earth, nor have the inhabitants of the world been born.”
The Resurrection of the Dead
19 “But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. Those who live in the dust will wake up and shout for joy![ad] For your dew is like the dew of dawn, and the earth will give birth to the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter your rooms and shut your doors[ae] behind you. Hide yourselves[af] for a little while until the fury has passed by. 21 For see, the Lord is coming from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their sins; the earth will reveal the blood that has been shed on it, and will no longer conceal its slain.”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade to remove banner ads and unlock new features!
You've successfully created your account! To get the most out of your new account, consider an upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus. For less than the cost of a latte, Bible Gateway Plus membership gives you full access to the best value in digital Bible study, all seamlessly integrated with your Bible Gateway account. Try it free for 30 days!