A song inciting to confidence in God,
Isaiah 26:1 In that day shall this song bee sung in the land of Iudah; Wee haue a strong citie, saluation will [God] appoint [for] walles and bulwarkes. Isaiah 26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the trueth may enter in. Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keepe [him] in perfect peace, [whose] minde is stayed [on thee]; because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for euer: for in the Lord IEHOVAH [is] euerlasting strength.
for his judgments,
Isaiah 26:5 For hee bringeth downe them that dwell on high, the loftie citie he layeth it low; he layeth it low, euen to the ground, he bringeth it euen to the dust. Isaiah 26:6 The foote shall treade it downe, [euen] the feete of the poore, [and] the steps of the needie. Isaiah 26:7 The way of the iust [is] vprightnesse: thou most vpright, doest weigh the path of the iust. Isaiah 26:8 Yea in the way of thy Iudgements, O LORD, haue we waited for thee; the desire of our soule [is] to thy Name, and to the remembrance of thee. Isaiah 26:9 With my soule haue I desired thee in the night, yea with my spirit within me will I seeke thee early: for when thy iudgements [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learne righteousnesse. Isaiah 26:10 Let fauour be shewed to the wicked, [yet] will hee not learne righteousnesse: in the land of vprightnesse will he deale vniustly, and will not behold the maiestie of the LORD. Isaiah 26:11 LORD, [when] thy hand is lifted vp, they will not see: [but] they shall see, and be ashamed for [their] enuie at the people, yea the fire of thine enemies shall deuoure them.
and for favour to his people.
Isaiah 26:12 LORD, thou wilt ordaine peace for vs: for thou also hast wrought all our workes in vs. Isaiah 26:13 O LORD our God, [other] lordes besides thee haue had dominion ouer vs: [but] by thee only will we make mention of thy Name. Isaiah 26:14 They are dead, they shall not liue; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. Isaiah 26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation, thou art glorified; thou hadst remooued [it] farre [vnto] all the ends of the earth. Isaiah 26:16 LORD, in trouble haue they visited thee: they powred out a prayer [when] thy chastening [was] vpon them. Isaiah 26:17 Like as a woman with childe [that] draweth neere the time of her deliuerie, is in paine [and] cryeth out in her pangs; so haue wee beene in thy sight, O LORD. Isaiah 26:18 Wee haue beene with childe, wee haue beene in paine, we haue as it were brought foorth winde, wee haue not wrought any deliuerance in the earth, neither haue the inhabitants of the world fallen. Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall liue, [together with] my dead body shall they arise: awake and sing yee that dwell in dust: for thy dewe [is as] the dewe of herbes, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
An exhortation to wait on God.
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doores about thee; hide thy selfe as it were for a little moment, vntill the indignation be ouerpast. Isaiah 26:21 For behold, the LORD commeth out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquitie: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more couer her slaine.