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
(26:2) "Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may
Donald Rumsfeld sent this verse to inspire the
troops during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
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
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.||
The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of
The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the
path of the just.||
(26:7) "The way of the just is uprightness."|
Has the ever been a just person?
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the
desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.||
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within
me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the
inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.||
Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land
of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the
"The wicked ... will not behold the majesty of the LORD."
Will everyone see the majesty of God?
LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see,
and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies
shall devour them.
LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our
works in us.
O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by
thee only will we make mention of thy name.||
They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast
thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.||
Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation:
thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the
LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy
chastening was upon them.||
Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is
in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.||
We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought
forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have
the inhabitants of the world fallen.||
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise.
Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs,
and the earth shall cast out the dead.||
(26:19) "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise."|
Is death final?
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about
thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be
For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of
the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and
shall no more cover her slain.