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Isaiah 26

Yahweh Will Establish Peace

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 salvation.
Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter,
The one that keeps faithfulness.
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in Yahweh forever,
For in Yah—Yahweh Himselfwe have an everlasting Rock.
For He has laid low those who settle on high, the exalted city;
He brings it low, He brings it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.
The foot will trample it,
The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the poor.”

The way of the righteous is upright;
O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.
Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Yahweh,
We have hoped for You eagerly;
Your name—the memory of You—is the desire of our souls.
At night my soul longs for You,
Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly;
For when the earth experiences Your judgments,
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
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 Yahweh.

O Yahweh, Your hand is raised up high, yet they do not behold it.
They behold Your zeal for the people and are put to shame;
Indeed, fire will devour Your adversaries.
Yahweh, You will establish peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all our works.
O Yahweh our God, other masters besides You have ruled us;
But through You alone we bring Your name to remembrance.
The dead will not live; the departed spirits will not rise;
Therefore You have visited and destroyed them,
And You have made all remembrance of them perish.
You have increased the nation, O Yahweh;
You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
You have extended all the borders of the land.
O Yahweh, they visited You in distress;
They could only whisper a prayer;
Your chastening was upon them.
As the woman with child draws near to the time to give birth,
She writhes and cries out in her pangs of labor,
Thus were we before You, O Yahweh.
We were with child, we writhed in labor;
We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.
We could not accomplish salvation for the earth,
And the inhabitants of the world were not born.
Your dead will live;
Their corpses will rise.
You who dwell in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.

Come, my people, enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until indignation passes by.
For behold, Yahweh is about to come out from His place
To visit the iniquity of the inhabitants of the earth;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover those of hers who were killed.