Isaiah 26

1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah (Yehudah): “We have a strong city; He sets up walls and bulwarks for safety.

2 Open you the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

3 You wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusteth in You.

4 Trust you in יהוה forever, for in יה (Yah), יהוה is everlasting strength.

5 For He bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, He layeth it low; He layeth it low, even to the ground; He bringeth it even to the dust.

6 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.”

7 The way of the just is uprightness; You, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

8 Yea, in the way of Your judgments, O יהוה, have we waited for You; the desire of our soul is to Your name, and to the remembrance of You.

9 With my soul have I desired You in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

10 Let favor be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of יהוה.

11 יהוה, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see; but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.

12 יהוה, You wilt ordain peace for us, for You also hast wrought all our works in us.

13 O יהוה our God (Elohim), other 13clords (adonim) besides You have had dominion over us; but by You only will we make mention of Your name.

14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise; therefore have You visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.

15 You have increased the nation, O יהוה, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.

16 יהוה, in trouble have they visited You, they poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.

17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in Your sight, O יהוה.

18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it was brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust; for your dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

20 Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you; hide yourself as it was for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

21 For, behold, יהוה cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.