Isaiah 26:5
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New International Version
He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.

New Living Translation
He humbles the proud and brings down the arrogant city. He brings it down to the dust.

English Standard Version
For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.

New American Standard Bible
"For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the unassailable city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.

King James Bible
For he bringeth 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He has humbled those who live in lofty places-- an inaccessible city. He brings it down; He brings it down to the ground; He throws it to the dust.

International Standard Version
For he has made drunk the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low to the ground casting it down to the dust,

NET Bible
Indeed, the LORD knocks down those who live in a high place, he brings down an elevated town; he brings it down to the ground, he throws it down to the dust.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He has brought down those who live high in the towering city. He levels it. He levels it to the ground and throws it into the dust.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he has brought down those that dwelt on high; he has humbled the lofty city; he humbled her, even to the ground; he brought her down even to the dust.

King James 2000 Bible
For he brings down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he lays it low; he lays it low, even to the ground; he brings it even to the dust.

American King James Version
For he brings down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he lays it low; he lays it low, even to the ground; he brings it even to the dust.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he shall bring down them that dwell on high, the high city he shall lay low. He shall bring it down even to the ground, he shall pull it down even to the dust.

Darby Bible Translation
For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low, he layeth it low to the ground, he bringeth it even to the dust.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he bringeth 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.

World English Bible
For he has brought down those who dwell on high, the lofty city. He lays it low. He lays it low even to the ground. He brings it even to the dust.

Young's Literal Translation
For He bowed down the dwellers on high, A city set on high He maketh low, He maketh it low unto the earth, He causeth it to come unto the dust,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:5-11 The way of the just is evenness, a steady course of obedience and holy conversation. And it is their happiness that God makes their way plain and easy. It is our duty, and will be our comfort, to wait for God, to keep up holy desires toward him in the darkest and most discouraging times. Our troubles must never turn us from God; and in the darkest, longest night of affliction, with our souls must we desire him; and this we must wait and pray to him for. We make nothing of our religion, whatever our profession may be, if we do not make heart-work of it. Though we come ever so early, we shall find God ready to receive us. The intention of afflictions is to teach righteousness: blessed is the man whom the Lord thus teaches. But sinners walk contrary to him. They will go on in their evil ways, because they will not consider what a God he is whose laws they persist in despising. Scorners and the secure will shortly feel, what now they will not believe, that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. They will not see the evil of sin; but they shall see. Oh that they would abandon their sins, and turn to the Lord, that he may have mercy upon them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - He bringeth down; rather, he hath brought down. The redeemed praise God for his past mercies. He brought down in his own good time all the proud and lofty ones who exalted themselves against him and oppressed his saints, making cities desolate (Isaiah 24:10, 12) and giving over their inhabitants to destruction (Isaiah 24:6). Them that dwell on high; i.e. "that exalt themselves." It is net eminence, but pride, that provokes the Divine anger. The heathen judged differently (see Herod., 7:10, § 4). The lofty city (comp. Isaiah 24:10, 12; Isaiah 25:2, 3). The "world-city" (as it has been called); i.e. the idealized stronghold of the adversaries of God in this world, is intended.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he bringeth down them that dwell on high, the lofty city,.... That dwell on high in the high city, so the accents require the words to be rendered; and accordingly the Targum is,

"for he will bring low the inhabitants of the high and strong city;''

such that dwell in a city built on high, and in the high towers and palaces of it; or that sit on high thrones, are spiritual wickednesses in high places, and are of proud and haughty dispositions and conduct; as the pope of Rome and his cardinals, &c.; for not the city of Jerusalem is here meant, as Jerom thinks, whose destruction he supposes is foretold, as both by the Babylonians and Romans; and therefore, he observes, the word is doubled in the next clause; nor the city of Nineveh; nor Babylon, literally taken; but mystical Babylon is here meant. Jarchi interprets them that dwell on high of Tyre and Greece; but Jerom says, the Jews understand by the lofty city the city of Rome; and this seems to be the true sense; a city built upon seven hills or mountains; a city that has ruled over the kings of the earth, and whose present inhabitants are proud and haughty:

he layeth it low: he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust; all which expressions denote the utter destruction of it; see Isaiah 25:12.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. lofty city—Babylon; representative of the stronghold of the foes of God's people in all ages (Isa 25:2, 12; 13:14).

Isaiah 26:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Song of Trust in God's Provision
4"Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock. 5"For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the unassailable city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust. 6"The foot will trample it, The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the helpless."…
Cross References
Job 40:11
Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at all who are proud and bring them low,

Psalm 79:8
Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.

Isaiah 25:2
You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners' stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Isaiah 25:12
He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low; he will bring them down to the ground, to the very dust.

Isaiah 32:19
Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,

Lamentations 2:2
Without pity the Lord has swallowed up all the dwellings of Jacob; in his wrath he has torn down the strongholds of Daughter Judah. He has brought her kingdom and its princes down to the ground in dishonor.

Ezekiel 26:11
The hooves of his horses will trample all your streets; he will kill your people with the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground.
Treasury of Scripture

For he brings down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he lays it low; he lays it low, even to the ground; he brings it even to the dust.

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Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their …

Isaiah 14:13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will …

Isaiah 25:11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the middle of them, as he …

Job 40:11-13 Cast abroad the rage of your wrath: and behold every one that is …

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Isaiah 25:12 And the fortress of the high fort of your walls shall he bring down, …

Isaiah 32:19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall …

Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit …

Jeremiah 50:31,32 Behold, I am against you, O you most proud, said the Lord GOD of …

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Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great …

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