Isaiah 26:2
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New International Version
Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.

New Living Translation
Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter.

English Standard Version
Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.

New American Standard Bible
"Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that remains faithful.

King James Bible
Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Open the gates so a righteous nation can come in-- one that remains faithful.

International Standard Version
Open your gates, so the righteous nation that safeguards its faith may enter.

NET Bible
Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter--one that remains trustworthy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Open the gates, and let the righteous nation come in, the nation that remains faithful.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.

King James 2000 Bible
Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.

American King James Version
Open you the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.

American Standard Version
Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth faith may enter in.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Open ye the gates, and let the just nation, that keepeth the truth, enter in.

Darby Bible Translation
Open ye the gates, and the righteous nation which keepeth faithfulness shall enter in.

English Revised Version
Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth truth may enter in.

Webster's Bible Translation
Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

World English Bible
Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter: the one which keeps faith.

Young's Literal Translation
Open ye the gates, that enter may a righteous nation, Preserving stedfastness.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:1-4 That day, seems to mean when the New Testament Babylon shall be levelled with the ground. The unchangeable promise and covenant of the Lord are the walls of the church of God. The gates of this city shall be open. Let sinners then be encouraged to join to the Lord. Thou wilt keep him in peace; in perfect peace, inward peace, outward peace, peace with God, peace of conscience, peace at all times, in all events. Trust in the Lord for that peace, that portion, which will be for ever. Whatever we trust to the world for, it will last only for a moment; but those who trust in God shall not only find in him, but shall receive from him, strength that will carry them to that blessedness which is for ever. Let us then acknowledge him in all our ways, and rely on him in all trials.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Open ye the gates. The command is given by God to his angels within the city, or perhaps by some angels to others, to "open the gates," and let the saints march in and take possession (comp. Psalm 118:19, 20, which seems to represent the same occasion; and Psalm 24:7-10, which tells of another occasion on which the angelic warders were bidden to throw open the gates of the celestial city. The righteous nation which keepeth the truth; literally, a righteous nation. A people, made up of all kindreds and nations and tongues, which should henceforth be "the people of God" They are "righteous," as washed clean from all taint of sin in the blood of the Lamb. They "keep the truth," or "keep faithfulness," as under all circumstances clinging loyally to God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Open ye the gates,.... Not of Jerusalem, literally understood, nor of heaven; rather of the New Jerusalem, whose gates are described, Revelation 21:12 at least of the church in the latter day; the gates or door into which now should be, and then will be, open; Christ the door, and faith in him, and a profession of it, without which none ought to be admitted, and whoever climbs up another way is a thief and a robber, John 10:1 these words are the words of the prophet, or of God, or of Christ by him, directed not to the keepers of the gates of Jerusalem, or of the doors of the temple, though, they may be alluded to; nor to any supposed doorkeeper of heaven, angels, or men, there being none such; rather to the twelve angels, at the twelve gates of the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:12 or to the ministers of the Gospel, who have the key of knowledge to open the door of faith, and let persons into the knowledge of divine things; to admit them to ordinances, and receive them into the church by the joint suffrage of the members of it. The phrase denotes a large increase of members, and a free, open, and public reception of them, who are after described; see Isaiah 60:11,

that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in; not all the world, for there is none righteous, not one of them naturally, or of themselves; nor the Jewish nation, for though they sought after righteousness, did not attain it, unless when they will be converted in the latter day, and then they, and all the Lord's people, will be righteous, and appear to be a holy nation, and a peculiar people, Isaiah 60:21 and being made righteous by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, and sanctified by the Spirit, will be fit persons to be admitted through the gates into the city; see Psalm 118:19 and because there will be great numbers of such, especially when a nation shall be born at once, hence they are so called: and these will be a set of men that "will keep the truth"; not, as the Targum renders it,

"who keep the law with a perfect heart;''

for no man can do that; but rather the ordinances of the Gospel, as they were first delivered by Christ and his apostles, and especially the truths of it; and the word here used is in the plural number, and may be rendered "truths"; the several truths of the Gospel, which will be kept by the righteous, not in memory only, but in their hearts and affections, and in their purity, and with a pure conscience; and they will not part with them at any rate, but hold them fast, that no man take their crown, Revelation 3:11.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Address of the returning people to the gates of Jerusalem (type of the heavenly city, Heb 12:22); (Ps 24:7, 9; 118:19). Antitypically (Re 22:14; 21:25, 27).

righteous nation—that had not apostatized during the captivity. Horsley translates, "The nation of the Just One," namely, the Jews.

Isaiah 26:2 Additional Commentaries
Song of Trust in God's Provision
1In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for security. 2"Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that remains faithful. 3"The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.…
Cross References
Psalm 24:7
Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

Psalm 118:19
Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

Isaiah 45:25
But all the descendants of Israel will find deliverance in the LORD and will make their boast in him.

Isaiah 54:14
In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you.

Isaiah 54:17
no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD.

Isaiah 58:8
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 60:11
Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations-- their kings led in triumphal procession.

Isaiah 60:18
No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.

Isaiah 60:21
Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor.

Isaiah 61:3
and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 62:1
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.

Isaiah 62:2
The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.

Isaiah 62:10
Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.
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Open you the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.


Isaiah 60:11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be …

Isaiah 62:10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare you the way of the people; …

Psalm 118:20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.

Ezekiel 48:31-34 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes …

Zechariah 8:20 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there …

Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord …

Revelation 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of …


Isaiah 60:21 Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land …

Exodus 19:6 And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. …

Deuteronomy 4:6-8 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding …

Psalm 106:5 That I may see the good of your chosen, that I may rejoice in the …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and …

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

truth. Heb. truths

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

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