A song inciting to confidence in God,
Isaiah 26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; salvation will he appoint for walls and bulwarks. Isaiah 26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth truth may enter in. Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is an everlasting rock.
for his judgments,
Isaiah 26:5 For he hath brought 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. Isaiah 26:6 The foot shall tread it down; even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy. Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness: thou that art up right dost direct the path of the just. Isaiah 26:8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; to thy name and to thy memorial is the desire of our soul. Isaiah 26:9 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 learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness will he deal wrongfully, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. Isaiah 26:11 LORD, thy hand is lifted up, yet they see not: but they shall see [thy] zeal for the people, and be ashamed; yea, fire shall devour thine adversaries.
and for favour to his people.
Isaiah 26:12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou hast also wrought all our works for us. Isaiah 26:13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us; but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. Isaiah 26:14 [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. Isaiah 26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation; thou art glorified: thou hast enlarged all the borders of the land. Isaiah 26:16 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer [when] thy chastening was upon them. Isaiah 26:17 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 before thee, O LORD. Isaiah 26:18 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. Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead shall live; my dead bodies shall arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust: for thy dew is [as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast forth the dead.
An exhortation to wait on God.
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth 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.