Isaiah 26 (asv)

Judah's Song of Victory

26:1In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah:
  we have a strong city;
  salvation will he appoint for walls and bulwarks.
26:2Open ye the gates,
  that the righteous nation which keepeth faith may enter in.
26:3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
  whose mind is stayed on thee;
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  because he trusteth in thee.
26:4Trust ye in Jehovah for ever;
  for in Jehovah,
  even Jehovah, is an everlasting rock.
26:5For he hath brought 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.
26:6The foot shall tread it down;
  even the feet of the poor,
  and the steps of the needy.

26:7The way of the just is uprightness:
  thou that art upright dost direct the path of the just.
26:8Yea, in the way of thy judgments,
  O Jehovah, have we waited for thee;
to thy name, even to thy memorial name,
  is the desire of our soul.
26:9With my soul have I desired thee in the night;
  yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee earnestly:
for when thy judgments are in the earth,
  the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
26:10Let favor be showed to the wicked,
  yet will he not learn righteousness;
in the land of uprightness will he deal wrongfully,
  and will not behold the majesty of Jehovah.
26:11Jehovah, thy hand is lifted up,
  yet they see not:
but they shall see thy zeal for the people,
  and be put to shame;
  yea, fire shall devour thine adversaries.
26:12Jehovah, thou wilt ordain peace for us;
  for thou hast also wrought all our works for us.
26:13O Jehovah our God,
  other lords besides thee have had dominion over us;
  but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
26:14They are dead,
  they shall not live;
they are deceased, they shall not rise:
  therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them,
  and made all remembrance of them to perish.
26:15Thou hast increased the nation, O Jehovah,
  thou hast increased the nation; thou art glorified;
  thou hast enlarged all the borders of the land.

26:16Jehovah, in trouble have they visited thee;
  they poured out a prayer
  when thy chastening was upon them.
26:17Like as a woman with child,
  that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain and crieth out in her pangs;
  so we have been before thee, O Jehovah.
26:18We have been with child, we have been in pain,
  we have as it were brought forth wind;
we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth;
  neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
26:19Thy dead shall live; my dead bodies shall arise.
  Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust;
for thy dew is as the dew of herbs,
  and the earth shall cast forth the dead.

26:20Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers,
  and shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself for a little moment,
  until the indignation be overpast.
26:21For, behold, Jehovah cometh forth 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.


Notes:

  1. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace. A verse often quoted in lessons and music.
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