26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for [a]security. 2 “Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that [b]remains faithful. 3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. 4 “Trust in the Lord forever, For in [c]God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. 5 “For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the unassailable city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust. 6 “The foot will trample it, The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the helpless.”
7 The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level. 8 Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. 9 At night [d]my soul longs for You, Indeed, [e]my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth [f]experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 10 Though the wicked is shown favor, He does not learn righteousness; He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, And does not perceive the majesty of the Lord.
11 O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. [g]They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, [h]fire will devour Your enemies. 12 Lord, You will establish peace for us, Since You have also performed for us all our works. 13 O Lord our God, other masters besides You have ruled us; But through You alone we [i]confess Your name. 14 The dead will not live, the [j]departed spirits will not rise; Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And You have wiped out all remembrance of them. 15 You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation, You are glorified; You have extended all the borders of the land. 16 O Lord, they sought You in distress; They [k]could only whisper a prayer, Your chastening was upon them. 17 As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth, She writhes and cries out in her labor pains, Thus were we before You, O Lord. 18 We were pregnant, we writhed in labor, We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind. We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth, Nor were inhabitants of the world [l]born. 19 Your dead will live; [m]Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the [n]dawn, And the earth will [o]give birth to the [p]departed spirits.
20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little [q]while Until indignation [r]runs its course. 21 For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; And the earth will reveal her bloodshed And will no longer cover her slain.
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