Judah Will Celebrate
26:1 At that time1 this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city!
26:2 Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter –
one that remains trustworthy.
26:3 You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith,
for they trust in you.4
26:4 Trust in the
even in Yah, the
26:5 Indeed,7 the
he brings down an elevated town;
he brings it down to the ground,8
he throws it down to the dust.
26:6 It is trampled underfoot
by the feet of the oppressed,
by the soles of the poor.”
God’s People Anticipate Vindication
26:79 The way of the righteous is level,
the path of the righteous that you make is straight.10
26:8 Yes, as your judgments unfold,11
We desire your fame and reputation to grow.12
26:9 I13 look for14 you during the night,
my spirit within me seeks you at dawn,
for when your judgments come upon the earth,
those who live in the world learn about justice.15
26:10 If the wicked are shown mercy,
they do not learn about justice.16
Even in a land where right is rewarded, they act unjustly;17
they do not see the
but they don’t even notice.
They will see and be put to shame by your angry judgment against humankind,19
yes, fire will consume your enemies.20
for even all we have accomplished, you have done for us.22
masters other than you have ruled us,
but we praise your name alone.
26:14 The dead do not come back to life,
the spirits of the dead do not rise.23
That is because24 you came in judgment25 and destroyed them,
you wiped out all memory of them.
26:15 You have made the nation larger,26 O
you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor,27
you have extended all the borders of the land.
they uttered incantations because of your discipline.28
26:17 As when a pregnant woman gets ready to deliver
and strains and cries out because of her labor pains,
so were we because of you, O
26:18 We were pregnant, we strained,
we gave birth, as it were, to wind.29
We cannot produce deliverance on the earth;
people to populate the world are not born.30
26:1931 Your dead will come back to life;
your corpses will rise up.
Wake up and shout joyfully, you who live in the ground!32
For you will grow like plants drenched with the morning dew,33
and the earth will bring forth its dead spirits.34
26:20 Go, my people! Enter your inner rooms!
Close your doors behind you!
Hide for a little while,
until his angry judgment is over!35
26:21 For look, the
to punish the sin of those who live on the earth.
The earth will display the blood shed on it;
it will no longer cover up its slain.37