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.”
27 At that time,[ag] with his fierce, mighty, and powerful sword, the Lord will punish the gliding serpent Leviathan—the coiling serpent Leviathan—and he will kill the dragon that’s in the sea.
2 At that time,[ah] “A fermenting[ai] vineyard— sing about it! 3 I, the Lord, watch over it And I water it continuously. I guard it night and day so no one can harm it. 4 I am not angry. If only the vineyard[aj] could give me briers and thorns[ak] to battle, I would march against it, and[al] I would burn it all up. 5 Or else let it lay claim to my protection; let it make peace with me, yes, let it make peace with me.”
6 In times to come, Jacob will take root, and[am] Israel will blossom, sprout shoots, and fill the whole world with fruit.
7 Has the Lord[an] struck them down, just as he struck down those who struck them? Or have they been killed, just as their killers were killed? 8 Measure by measure,[ao] in their exile you contended with them; with his fierce blast he removed them, as on a day when the east wind blows. 9 By this, then, Jacob’s guilt will be atoned for, and this will be the full harvest that comes from the removal of his sin: when he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalkstones, no Asherah[ap] poles or incense altars will be left standing. 10 For the fortified city stands desolate, a settlement abandoned and forsaken like the desert; calves graze there, and there they lie down and strip bare its branches. 11 When its branches are dry, they are broken off, and women come and kindle fires with them, since this is a people who show no consideration. That is why the One who made them shows them no compassion; the One who created them shows them no mercy.
Assyria and Egypt Exiles Redeemed
12 At that time,[aq] the Lord will winnow grain from the Euphrates River[ar] channel to the Wadi[as] of Egypt,[at] and you will be gathered in one by one, O people of Israel. 13 Furthermore, at that time,[au] a great trumpet will be sounded, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and those who had been expelled[av] to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on his holy mountain at Jerusalem.
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