Isaiah 26
International Standard Version

The Song of Redeemed Judah

1At that time,a people will sing this songb in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city;

God crafts victory,

its walls and ramparts.c

2Open yourd gates,

so the righteous nation that safeguards its faith may enter.

3You will keep perfectly peacefule

the one whose mind remains focused on you,

because he remainsf in you.

4“Trust in the LORD forever,

for in the LORD GODg you have an everlasting rock.

5For he has made drunkh

the inhabitants of the height,

the lofty city.

He lays it lowi to the ground

casting it down to the dust,

6by the feet of the oppressed who trample it,j

by the footsteps of the needy.k

7“The path of the righteous is level;

O Upright One,l

you make safem the way of justice.n

8Yes, LORD, in the path of your judgments we wait;o

your name and your Lawp are theq soul’s desire.

9My soul yearns for you in the night;

my spirit within me searches for you.

For when your judgments come upon the earth,

the world’s inhabitants learn righteousness.

10If favor is shown to the wicked,

they don’t learn righteousness;

even in a land of uprightness they act perversely

and do not perceive the majesty of the LORD.

11“LORD, your hand is lifted up,

but they do not see it.

Andr let them see your zeal for yours people

and be put to shame—

yes, let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them!

12LORD, you will decidet peace for us,

for you have indeed accomplished

all our achievements for us.

13O LORD our God,

other lords besides you have ruled over us,

but through you alone

we acknowledge your name.

14The dead won’t live,

andu the departed spirits won’t rise—

to that end, you punished and destroyed them,

then locked awayv all memory of them.

15“But you have enlarged the nation,w LORD;

you have enlarged the nation.x

You have gained honor;

you have extended all the borders of the land.

16LORD, theyy came to you in distress;

they poured out their secretz prayer

when your chastenings wereaa afflictingbb them.

17Just as a pregnant woman writhes

and cries out during her labor

when she is about to give birth,

so were we because of you, LORD.

18We were pregnant, writhing in pain,

but we gave birth only to wind.

We have not won yourcc victory on earth,

nor have the inhabitants of the world been born.”

The Resurrection of the Dead

19“But your dead will live; their bodies will rise.

Those who live in the dust will wake up and shout for joy!dd

For your dew is like the dew of dawn,

and the earth will give birth to the dead.

20Come, my people, enter your rooms

and shut your doorsee behind you.

Hide yourselvesff for a little while

until the fury has passed by.

21For see, the LORD is coming from his place

to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their sins;

the earth will reveal the blood that has been shed on it,

and will no longer conceal its slain.”


Footnotes:
a 26:1 Lit. On that day
b 26:1 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab 4QIsac MT read time, this song will be sung; LXX reads time, they will sing that song
c 26:1 So 4QIsac; 1QIsaa MT read walls and ramparts; LXX reads wall and rampart
d 26:2 So 1QIsaa;MT LXX read the
e 26:3 Lit. peace, peace; so 1QIsaa MT; LXX Syr read peace
f 26:3 So 1QIsaa 1QIsab LXX; 4QIsac MT read trusts
g 26:4 So 1QIsaa MT; 4QIsab reads the LORD God; LXX reads the Lord, the Lord
h 26:5 So MT 1QIsaa; 1QIsab 4QIsab 4QIsac MT read has brought low; LXX reads has humbled and brought down
i 26:5 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads He levels it, he levels it
j 26:6 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads The foot tramples it
k 26:6 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads oppressed
l 26:7 So 1QIsaa MT; 4QIsac reads they go straight ahead; LXX lacks this line
m 26:7 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read smooth or you prepare
n 26:7 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac; MT LXX read of the righteous ones
o 26:8 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads we wait for you
p 26:8 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsac MT read your renown; cf. LXX
q 26:8 So 1QIsaa MT; 4QIsab reads my
r 26:11 So 1QIsaa; cf. LXX; the Heb. lacks And
s 26:11 Lit. the; so 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks your
t 26:12 So 1QIsaa; MT reads prepare or give; LXX reads LORD, give
u 26:14 So 1QIsaa LXX; 1QIsaa corrector MT lack and
v 26:14 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read wiped out
w 26:15 So 1QIsaa 4QIsab
x 26:15 So 1QIsaa; MTms lacks this line
y 26:16 So 1QIsaa MT; MTmss LXXmss read we; LXXreads I remembered you
z 26:16 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsab MT read out a magical
aa 26:16 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read your chastening was
bb 26:16 Lit. upon
cc 26:18 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT lacks your
dd 26:19 So 1QIsaa; MT reads Wake up and shout for joy, you; LXX reads Those in the dust will rejoice, for
ee 26:20 So 1QIsaa MT; MTqere reads door
ff 26:20 So 1QIsaa; MT reads yourself



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