18 May it please you to prosper Zion,(A)
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.(B)

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The Lord loves the gates of Zion(A)
    more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

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Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
    “This one and that one were born in her,
    and the Most High himself will establish her.”

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In the last days(A)

the mountain(B) of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;(C)
it will be exalted(D) above the hills,
    and all nations will stream to it.(E)

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A Song of Praise

26 In that day(A) this song will be sung(B) in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;(C)
    God makes salvation
    its walls(D) and ramparts.(E)

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16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,(A) a tested stone,(B)
    a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;(C)
the one who relies on it
    will never be stricken with panic.(D)

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Like birds hovering(A) overhead,
    the Lord Almighty will shield(B) Jerusalem;
he will shield it and deliver(C) it,
    he will ‘pass over’(D) it and will rescue it.”

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The Lord is exalted,(A) for he dwells on high;(B)
    he will fill Zion with his justice(C) and righteousness.(D)

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20 Look on Zion,(A) the city of our festivals;
    your eyes will see Jerusalem,
    a peaceful abode,(B) a tent(C) that will not be moved;(D)
its stakes will never be pulled up,
    nor any of its ropes broken.

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28 who says of Cyrus,(A) ‘He is my shepherd
    and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem,(B) “Let it be rebuilt,”
    and of the temple,(C) “Let its foundations(D) be laid.”’

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21 Therefore hear this, you afflicted(A) one,
    made drunk,(B) but not with wine.

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11 “Afflicted(A) city, lashed by storms(B) and not comforted,(C)
    I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,[a](D)
    your foundations(E) with lapis lazuli.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 54:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.