Isaiah 26:3
3“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
         Because he trusts in You.

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.”

7The way of the righteous is smooth;
         O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.

8Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O LORD,
         We have waited for You eagerly;
         Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls.

9At night my soul longs for You,
         Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
         For when the earth experiences Your judgments
         The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

10Though the wicked is shown favor,
         He does not learn righteousness;
         He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
         And does not perceive the majesty of the LORD.

11O LORD, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it.
         They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame;
         Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies.

12LORD, You will establish peace for us,
         Since You have also performed for us all our works.

13O LORD our God, other masters besides You have ruled us;
         But through You alone we confess Your name.

14The dead will not live, the departed spirits will not rise;
         Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
         And You have wiped out all remembrance of them.

15You have increased the nation, O LORD,
         You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
         You have extended all the borders of the land.

16O LORD, they sought You in distress;
         They could only whisper a prayer,
         Your chastening was upon them.

17As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth,
         She writhes and cries out in her labor pains,
         Thus were we before You, O LORD.

18We were pregnant, we writhed in labor,
         We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.
         We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,
         Nor were inhabitants of the world born.

19Your dead will live;
         Their corpses will rise.
         You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
         For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
         And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.

20Come, my people, enter into your rooms
         And close your doors behind you;
         Hide for a little while
         Until indignation runs its course.

21For behold, the LORD is about to come out from His place
         To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
         And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
         And will no longer cover her slain.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is'stayed on thee ; because he trusteth in thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The old error is passed away: thou wilt keep peace: peace, because we have hoped in thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou wilt keep in perfect peace the mind stayed on thee, for he confideth in thee.

English Revised Version
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

World English Bible
You will keep whoever's mind is steadfast in perfect peace, because he trusts in you.

Young's Literal Translation
An imagination supported Thou fortifiest peace -- peace! For in Thee it is confident.
Our Strong City
'In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.'--ISAIAH xxvi 1-2. What day is 'that day'? The answer carries us back a couple of chapters, to the great picture drawn by the prophet of a world-wide judgment, which is followed by a burst of song from the ransomed people of Jehovah, like Miriam's chant by the shores of the Red Sea.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Song of Two Cities
'In that day shall this song he sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. 2. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. 3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee; because he trusteth in Thee. A. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: 5. For He bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, He layeth it low; He layeth it low,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Inhabitant of the Rock
'Thou wilt keep him In perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.'--ISAIAH xxvi. 3-4. There is an obvious parallel between these verses and the two preceding ones. The safety which was there set forth as the result of dwelling in the strong city is here presented as the consequence of trust. The emblem of the fortified place passes into that of the Rock of Ages. There is the further resemblance
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Desire of the Soul in Spiritual Darkness
"Tis midnight on the mountains' brown, The cold round moon shines deeply down; Blue roll the waters, blue the sky Spreads like an ocean hung on high, Bespangled with those isles of light, So wildly, spiritually bright; Who ever gazed upon them shining, And turning to earth without repining, Nor wish'd for wings to flee away, And mix with their eternal ray." Even with the most irreligious person, a man farthest from spiritual thought, it seems that there is some power in the grandeur and stillness
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

The Song of a City, and the Pearl of Peace
This song of a city may, however, belong to us as much as to the men of Judah, and we may throw into it a deeper sense of which they were not aware. We were once unguarded from spiritual evil, and we spent our days in constant fear; but the Lord has found for us a city of defence, a castle of refuge. We have a burgess-ship in the new Jerusalem which is the mother of us all; and within that strong city we dwell securely. Let us sing this morning, "We have a strong city." The man that hath come into
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 31: 1885

A Sermon on Isaiah xxvi. By John Knox.
[In the Prospectus of our Publication it was stated, that one discourse, at least, would be given in each number. A strict adherence to this arrangement, however, it is found, would exclude from our pages some of the most talented discourses of our early Divines; and it is therefore deemed expedient to depart from it as occasion may require. The following Sermon will occupy two numbers, and we hope, that from its intrinsic value, its historical interest, and the illustrious name of its author, it
John Knox—The Pulpit Of The Reformation, Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

O, this is Blessing, this is Rest --
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed in Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." -- Isaiah 26:3. O, this is blessing, this is rest -- Unto Thine arms, O Lord, I flee: I hide me in Thy faithful breast, And pour out all my soul to Thee. There is a host dissuading me, -- But, all their voices far above, I hear Thy words -- "O taste and see The comfort of a Savior's love." And, hushing every adverse sound, Songs of defence my soul surround, As if all saints encamped about One trusting
Miss A. L. Waring—Hymns and Meditations

Sleeping and Waking
C. P. C. Is. xxvi. 19 We slept--a sleep of death, and yet of dreams, Fair dreams that pass, and sad dreams that abide, Where yearneth to the sound of distant streams The soul unsatisfied. We woke--but oh for speech of that fair land Wherein the soul awaketh, to declare The wonders that no heart can understand, That hath not entered there. For there the light that is not sun nor moon, That glows as morning, and as eve is sweet, And hath the glory of eternal noon, Doth guide the joyful feet. And
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso, and Others

From his Return from Russia to his Last Journey.
1853-1858. John Yeardley had scarcely returned to England before war was declared with Russia. The confirmation he received from this lamentable event, that his journey had been made at the opportune time, filled his heart with gratitude. The work he had been able to do had been small, but he had the satisfaction of knowing that it had been accomplished at the only juncture in which it would have been practicable. The year 1853, he writes, closed with many mercies to a poor unworthy servant. I consider
John Yeardley—Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel

I Fear, I Say, Greatly for Thee, Lest...
39. I fear, I say, greatly for thee, lest, when thou boastest that thou wilt follow the Lamb wheresoever He shall have gone, thou be unable by reason of swelling pride to follow Him through strait ways. It is good for thee, O virgin soul, that thus, as thou art a virgin, thus altogether keeping in thy heart that thou hast been born again, keeping in thy flesh that thou hast been born, thou yet conceive of the fear of the Lord, and give birth to the spirit of salvation. [2142] "Fear," indeed, "there
St. Augustine—Of Holy Virginity.

We shall consider our text, then, as one of the productions of a great master in spiritual matters, and we will study it, praying all the while that God will help us to pray after the like fashion. In our text we have the soul of a successful pleader under four aspects: we view, first, the soul confessing: "I am poor and needy." You have next, the soul pleading, for he makes a plea out of his poor condition, and adds, "Make haste unto me, O God!" You see, thirdly, a soul in it's urgency, for he cries,
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

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