A song inciting to confidence in God,
Isaiah 26:1 In that day, shall be sung this song, in the land of Judah,A strong city, have we! Salvation, will he set for walls and rampart. Isaiah 26:2 Open ye the gates,That there may enter ina righteous nation preserving fidelity. Isaiah 26:3 A purpose sustained, thou wilt guard, [saying], Prosper! Prosper! Because, in thee, hath he been led to trust. Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in Yahweh, unto futurity,For, in Yah, Yahweh, is a rock of ages.
for his judgments,
Isaiah 26:5 For he hath brought down, the inhabitants of the height, the city exalted,He layeth it low. Layeth it low, even to the ground, Levelleth it, even to the dust: Isaiah 26:6 The foot trampleth, it,The feet of the lowly, The steps of the weak. Isaiah 26:7 The path of a righteous man, is, even,O Upright One! the track of a righteous man, thou makest level. Isaiah 26:8 Surely, in the path of thy regulations, O Yahweh, we waited for thee,Unto thy Name and unto thy Memorial, was there a longing of soul: Isaiah 26:9 With my soul, longed I for thee in the night, Yea with my spirit within me, I kept on searching for thee,For, when thy regulations [extend] to the earth, The inhabitants of the world will have learned, righteousness. Isaiah 26:10 Let favour be shewed to the lawless, he hath not learned righteousness, In a land of honest dealings, he acteth perversely,And seeth not the splendour of Yahweh. Isaiah 26:11 O Yahweh, though thy hand be lifted up,yet do they not see, Would they might seeand turn pale at a people's zeal,Surely, the fire of thine enemies, must consume them!
and for favour to his people.
Isaiah 26:12 O Yahweh, thou wilt ensure prosperity for us,For, even all our works, hast thou wrought for us. Isaiah 26:13 O Yahweh, our God! Lords other than thee, have owned, us,By thyself alone, will we call upon thy Name. Isaiah 26:14 The dead, come not to life again, The shades, do not arise,Therefore, thou hast visited and destroyed them, And caused to perish every memorial of them. Isaiah 26:15 Thou hast increased the nation, O Yahweh, Thou hast increased the nation, thou hast gotten thyself glory, Thou hast extended far, all the ends of the land. Isaiah 26:16 O Yahweh! in distress, they sought thee,They poured out a whispered prayer, when thy chastening was upon them. Isaiah 26:17 Like as a woman with childDraweth near to giving birth, Is in pain, Crieth out in her pangs, So, were we before thee, O Yahweh; Isaiah 26:18 We were with childWe were in pain, As it were we brought forth wind,Salvation, we could not accomplish for the earth, Neither were born, the inhabitants of the world. Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead, shall come to life again, My dead body, they shall arise,Awake and shout for joy, ye that dwell in the dust, For, a dew of light, is thy dew, And, earth, to the shades, shall give birth.
An exhortation to wait on God.
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter into thy chambers, And shut thy doors behind thee,Hide thee, as it were, a little moment, Till the indignation pass over. Isaiah 26:21 For lo! Yahweh, is coming forth out of his place, To visit the iniquity of earth's inhabitant upon him,Therefore shall the earth unveil her shed-blood, And throw a covering, no longer, over her slain.