A song inciting to confidence in God,
Isaiah 26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Iudah, We haue a strong citie: saluation shal God set 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 By an assured purpose wilt thou preserue perfite peace, because they trusted in thee. Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord for euer: for in the Lord God is strength for euermore.
for his judgments,
Isaiah 26:5 For hee will bring downe them that dwell on hie: the hie citie he will abase: euen vnto the ground wil he cast it downe, & bring it vnto dust. Isaiah 26:6 The foote shall treade it downe, euen the feete of the poore, and the steppes of the needie. Isaiah 26:7 The way of the iust is righteousnesse: thou wilt make equall the righteous path of the iust. Isaiah 26:8 Also we, O Lorde, haue waited for thee in the way of thy iudgemets: 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, and with my spirit within mee will I seeke thee in the morning: for seeing thy iudgements are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world shall learne righteousnesse. Isaiah 26:10 Let mercie bee shewed to the wicked, yet hee will not learne righteousnesse: in the land of vprightnesse will he do wickedly, and will not beholde the maiestie of the Lord. Isaiah 26:11 O Lorde, they will not beholde thine hie hande: but they shall see it, and bee confounded with the zeale of the people, and the fire of thine enemies shall deuoure them.
and for favour to his people.
Isaiah 26:12 Lord, vnto vs thou wilt ordeine peace: for thou also hast wrought all our workes for vs. Isaiah 26:13 O Lord our God, other lords beside thee, haue ruled vs, but we will remember thee onely, and thy Name. Isaiah 26:14 The dead shall not liue, neither shall the dead arise, because thou hast visited and scattered them, and destroyed all their memorie. Isaiah 26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Lord: thou hast increased the nation: thou art made glorious: thou hast enlarged all the coastes of the earth. Isaiah 26:16 Lorde, 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 to the trauaile, is in sorow, and cryeth in her paines, so haue we bene in thy sight, O Lord. Isaiah 26:18 We haue coceiued, we haue borne in paine, as though we should haue brought forth winde: there was no helpe in the earth, neither did the inhabitants of the world fall. Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall liue: euen with my body shall they rise. Awake, and sing, ye that dwel in dust: for thy dewe is as the dew 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 after thee: hide thy selfe for a very litle while, vntill the indignation passe ouer. Isaiah 26:21 For lo, the Lord commeth out of his place, to visite the iniquitie of the inhabitants of the earth vpon them: and the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more hide her slaine.