NASB — Isaiah 26 — KJV

Song of Trust in God’s Protection

1 aIn that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
  “We have a bstrong city;
  He sets up walls and ramparts for Icsecurity.
  2 “Open the agates, that the brighteous nation may enter,
  The one that Iremains faithful.
  3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect apeace,
  Because he trusts in You.
  4aTrust in the LORD forever,
  For in IGOD the LORD, [we have] an everlasting bRock.
  5 “For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the aunassailable city;
  bHe lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.
  6aThe foot will trample it,
  The feet of the bafflicted, the steps of the helpless.”

[1] IOr salvation aIs 4:2; 12:1 bIs 14:31; 31:5, 9; 33:5, 6, 20-24 cIs 60:18
[2] ILit keeps faithfulness aIs 60:11, 18; 62:10 bIs 45:25; 54:14, 17; 58:8; 60:21; 61:3; 62:1, 2
[3] aIs 26:12; 27:5; 57:19; 66:12
[4] IHeb YAH, usually rendered LORD aIs 12:2; 50:10; 51:5 bIs 17:10; 30:29; 44:8
[5] aIs 25:12 bJb 40:11-13
[6] aIs 28:3 bIs 3:14, 15; 11:4; 29:19

  7 ¶ The away of the righteous is smooth;
  O Upright One, bmake the path of the righteous level.
  8 Indeed, [while following] the way of aYour judgments, O LORD,
  We have waited for You eagerly;
  bYour name, even Your cmemory, is the desire of [our] souls.
  9 aAt night Imy soul longs for You,
  Indeed, IImy spirit within me bseeks You diligently;
  For when the earth IIIexperiences Your judgments
  The inhabitants of the world clearn righteousness.
  10 [Though] the wicked is shown favor,
  He does not alearn righteousness;
  He bdeals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
  And does not perceive the majesty of the LORD.

[7] aIs 57:2 bPs 25:4, 5; 27:11; Is 42:16; 52:12
[8] aIs 51:4; 56:1 bIs 12:4; 24:15; 25:1; 26:13 cEx 3:15
[9] ILit with my soul I long IILit with my spirit...I seek IIILit has aPs 63:5, 6; 77:2; 119:62; Is 50:10; Lk 6:12 bPs 63:1; 78:34; Mt 6:33 cIs 55:6; Ho 5:15
[10] aIs 22:12, 13; 32:6, 7 bHo 11:7; Jn 5:37, 38

  11 ¶ O LORD, Your hand is lifted up [yet] they ado not see it.
  IThey see b[Your] zeal for the people and are put to shame;
  Indeed, IIcfire will devour Your enemies.
  12 LORD, You will establish apeace for us,
  Since You have also performed for us all our works.
  13 O LORD our God, aother masters besides You have ruled us;
  [But] through You alone we Ibconfess Your name.
  14 aThe dead will not live, the Ideparted spirits will not rise;
  Therefore You have bpunished and destroyed them,
  And You have wiped out all remembrance of them.
  15 aYou have increased the nation, O LORD,
  You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
  You have bextended all the borders of the land.
  16 O LORD, they sought You ain distress;
  They Icould only whisper a prayer,
  Your chastening was upon them.
  17 aAs the pregnant woman approaches [the time] to give birth,
  She writhes [and] cries out in her labor pains,
  Thus were we before You, O LORD.
  18 We were pregnant, we writhed [in labor],
  We agave birth, as it seems, [only] to wind.
  We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,
  Nor were binhabitants of the world Iborn.
  19 Your adead will live;
  ITheir corpses will rise.
  You who lie in the dust, bawake and shout for joy,
  For your dew [is as] the dew of the IIdawn,
  And the earth will IIIgive birth to the IVdeparted spirits.

[11] IOr Let them see...and be IIOr let the fire for Your adversaries devour them aIs 44:9, 18 bIs 9:7; 37:32; 59:17 cIs 5:24; 9:18, 19; 10:17; 66:15, 24; He 10:27
[12] aIs 26:3
[13] IOr cause to be remembered aIs 2:8; 10:11 bIs 63:7
[14] IOr shades aDt 4:28; Ps 135:17; Is 8:19; Hab 2:19 bIs 10:3
[15] aIs 9:3 bIs 33:17; 54:2, 3
[16] ILit sound forth a whisper aIs 37:3; Ho 5:15
[17] aIs 13:8; 21:3; Jn 16:21
[18] ILit fallen aIs 33:11; 59:4 bPs 17:14
[19] ISo with some ancient versions; Heb My IILit lights IIILit cause to fall IVOr shades aIs 25:8; Ezk 37:1-14; Dn 12:2; Ho 13:14 bEp 5:14

  20 ¶ Come, my people, aenter into your rooms
  And close your doors behind you;
  Hide for a little Ibwhile
  Until cindignation IIruns [its] course.
  21 For behold, the LORD is about to acome out from His place
  To bpunish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
  And the earth will creveal her bloodshed
  And will no longer cover her slain.

[20] ILit moment IILit passes over aEx 12:22, 23; Ps 91:1, 4 bPs 30:5; Is 54:7, 8; 2Co 4:17 cIs 10:5, 25; 13:5; 34:2; 66:14
[21] aMi 1:3; Jde 14 bIs 13:11; 30:12-14; 65:6, 7 cJb 16:18; Lk 11:50


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A song inciting to confidence in God,

1 ¶ In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will [God] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks. 2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. 3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength:

[1] Ex 15:2; Nu 21:17; Jg 5:1; 2S 22:1; Ezr 3:11; Ps 31:21; 48:12; 137:3; Is 2:11, 20; 5:1; 12:1; 24:21; 25:9; 27:1; 60:18; 62:11; Jr 33:11; Zc 2:5; Mt 16:18; Ep 5:19; Rv 19:1; 21:12.
[2] Ex 19:6; Dt 4:6; Ps 106:5; 118:20; Is 60:11, 21; 62:10; Ezk 48:31; Zc 8:20; Ac 2:47; 1P 2:9; 2P 3:13; Jde 1:3; Rv 5:9; 21:24.
[3] 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 13:18; 16:8; Ps 9:10; 85:7; Is 9:6; 31:1; 48:2; 50:1; 57:19; Jr 17:7; Mi 5:5; Jn 14:27; 16:33; Ro 4:18; 5:1; Ep 2:14; Php 4:7.
[4] Dt 32:4, 15; 1S 2:2; 2Ch 20:20; 32:8; Jb 9:19; Ps 18:2; 46:1; 55:22; 62:8, 11; 66:7; 93:1; 125:1; Pv 3:5; Is 12:2; 17:10; 32:2; 45:17, 24; 50:10; 63:1; Mt 6:13; 28:18; Php 4:13.

for his judgments,

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: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just. 8 Yea, in 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. 9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10 Let favour 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 the LORD. 11 LORD, [when] thy 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 thine enemies shall devour them.

[5] Jb 40:11; Is 2:12; 13:11; 14:13; 25:11, 12; 32:19; 47:1; Jr 50:31; 51:25, 37, 64; Rv 18:2.
[6] Jsh 10:24; Is 25:10; 37:25; 60:14; Jr 50:45; Dn 7:27; Zp 3:11; Mal 4:3; Lk 1:51; 10:19; Ro 16:20; 1Co 1:26; Jm 2:5; Rv 2:26; 3:9.
[7] 1S 2:2; 1Ch 29:17; Jb 27:5; 31:6; Ps 1:6; 11:4, 7; 18:23; Pv 20:7; Is 35:8; Zp 3:5; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 1:12; Ep 2:10; 1Jn 3:7, 10.
[8] Nu 36:13; 2S 23:5; Jb 23:10; Ps 13:1; 18:23; 37:3; 44:17; 63:1; 65:6; 73:25; 77:10; 84:2; 106:3; 143:5; So 1:2; 2:3; 5:8; Is 25:9; 30:18; 33:2; 64:4; Mi 7:7; Mal 4:4; Lk 1:6; Ac 1:4; Ro 8:25; 2Th 3:5; Jm 5:7.
[9] Nu 14:21; Ps 58:11; 63:1, 6; 64:9; 77:2; 83:18; 119:62; 130:6; Pv 8:17; So 3:1; 5:2; Is 27:9; Ho 5:15; Mt 6:33; Mk 1:35; Lk 6:12; Rv 11:13.
[10] Ex 8:15, 31; 9:34; Dt 32:15; 1S 15:17; Ps 28:4; 78:54; 106:43; 143:10; Pv 1:32; Ec 3:16; Is 2:10; 5:12; 24:5; 27:13; 63:9; Jr 2:7; 31:23; Ezk 22:2; Ho 9:3; 11:7; 13:6; Mi 2:10; 3:10; Mt 4:5; Jn 5:37; Ro 2:4; Rv 2:21.
[11] Ex 9:14; 1S 5:6; 6:9; Jb 34:27; Ps 10:12; 21:8; 86:17; Is 5:24; 11:13; 18:3; 60:14; Jr 5:3; 44:28; Mi 5:9; Mal 4:1; Mt 25:41; Lk 16:23; Ac 28:27; 2Th 1:8; 1P 3:16; Rv 3:9; 19:20.

and for favour to his people.

12 ¶ LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. 13 O LORD our God, [other] lords beside thee have had dominion over us: [but] by thee only will we make mention of thy name. 14 [They are] dead, they shall not live; [they are] deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. 15 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed [it] far [unto] all the ends of the earth. 16 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer [when] thy 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 thy sight, O LORD. 18 We 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. 19 Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

[12] Dt 30:6; Ps 29:11; 57:2; Is 57:10; Jr 33:6; Ezk 20:9, 14, 22; 36:25; Jn 14:27; Ep 2:10; He 13:20.
[13] Jsh 23:7; 2Ch 12:8; Is 12:4; 51:22; Am 6:10; Jn 8:32; Ro 6:22; 1Co 4:7; He 13:15.
[14] Ex 14:30; Ps 9:6; 106:28; 109:13; Pv 10:7; Is 8:19; 14:19; 26:19; 51:12; Hab 2:18; Mt 2:20; Rv 18:2; 19:19; 20:5.
[15] Gn 12:2; 13:16; Nu 23:10; Dt 4:27; 10:22; 28:25, 64; 32:26; 1K 8:46; 2K 17:6, 23; 23:27; Ne 9:23; Ps 86:9; Is 6:12; 9:3; 10:22; 44:23; 60:21; Jr 30:19; 32:37; Ezk 5:12; 36:24; Lk 21:24; Jn 12:23; 13:31; 15:8; 17:1; Rv 11:15.
[16] Dt 4:29; Jg 10:9; 1S 1:15; 2Ch 6:37; 33:12; Ps 42:4; 50:15; 77:1; 91:15; 142:2; Jr 22:23; Lm 2:19; Ho 5:15; 7:14; Rv 3:19.
[17] Ps 48:6; Is 13:8; 21:3; Jr 4:31; 6:24; 30:6; Jn 16:21; 1Th 5:3.
[18] Ex 5:22; Jsh 7:7; 1S 11:13; 14:45; 2K 19:3; Ps 17:14; Is 37:3; Ho 13:13; Jn 7:7; 1Jn 5:19.
[19] Gn 2:5; Dt 32:2; 33:13, 28; Jb 29:19; Ps 22:15; 71:20; 110:3; Is 25:8; 51:17; 52:1; 60:1; Ezk 37:1; Dn 12:2; Ho 6:2; 13:14; 14:5; Zc 8:12; Mt 27:52, 58; Jn 5:28; 11:25; Ac 24:15; 1Co 15:20, 22, 23; Ep 5:14; Php 3:10, 21; 1Th 4:14; Rv 11:8; 20:5, 12, 13.

An exhortation to wait on God.

20 ¶ Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the LORD 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.

[20] Gn 7:1, 16; Ex 12:22; Ps 17:8; 27:5; 30:5; 31:20; 32:7; 57:1; 91:4; 143:9; Pv 18:10; Is 32:18; 51:4, 16; 54:7; Jr 7:23; 31:14; Ezk 11:16; Mt 6:6; 23:37; 2Co 4:17.
[21] Gn 4:10; Nu 35:32; Jb 16:18; Ps 50:2; Is 18:4; Ezk 8:6; 9:3; 10:3, 18; 24:7; Ho 5:14; Mi 1:3; Lk 11:40; 2Th 1:7; Jde 1:14; Rv 6:9; 16:6; 18:24.


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