THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 26 ©
A song of praise, whereby the people of the Jews thank God for their deliverance, v. 1, etc. Together with an exhortation to trust in God, 4. And to walk in His ways, 7. How necessary are the rods of the Lord, 9. But the wicked are and remain still hardened, 10. How the Lord has dealt with the Jews, 15. Their repentance, 16. Their hope and comfort, 19.
IN1 that day shall this song be sung 2in the land of Judah; We havea a 3strong city; salvation will 4God 5appoint for walls and 6bulwarks.
7Open ye the gates, that 8the righteous nation which keepeth 9the truth may enter in.
10Thou wilt keep him in 11perfect peace, whose mind is 12stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.*
14Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH 15is everlasting strength:
¶For he bringeth down them that 16dwell on high; 17the lofty city, 18he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.
19The foot shall tread it down, even the feet 20of the poor, and the steps of the needy.
The way of the just 21is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the 22just.
Yea, 23in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.
With my soul have 24I desired 25thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek 26thee early: for when 27thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: 28in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, 29and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
LORD, when thy hand 30is lifted up, 31they will not see: but 32they shall see, and be ashamed for their 33envy at the people; yea, 34the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.
¶LORD, thou wilt 35ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought 36all our works 37in us.
O LORD our God, 38other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but 39by thee only will we make mention 40of thy name.
They are dead, they shall 41not live; they are 42deceased, 43they shall 44not rise: therefore hast thou 45visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
Thou 46hast increased 47the nation, O LORD, 48thou hast increased the nation: thou art 49glorified: thou hadst removed it 50far unto all the ends of the earth.
LORD, in trouble have 51they visited 52thee, they poured out 53a prayer 54when thy chastening was upon them.
Like asb a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; 55so have we been 56in thy sight, O LORD.
57We have been with child, 58we have been in pain, 59we have as it were brought forth wind; 60we have not wrought any 61deliverance 62in the earth; neither have 63the inhabitants of the world 64fallen.
65Thy dead men shall 66live, together with 67my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, 68ye that dwell in dust: for 69thy dew is 70as the dew of herbs, and 71the earth shall cast out the dead.
¶ 72Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors 73about thee: hide thyself asc it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
For, behold, the LORD cometh 74out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for 75their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose 76her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.