You Keep Him in Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26

1 In a that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
"We have a strong city;
b God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
2 c Open the gates,
That the righteous nation which 1 keeps the truth may enter in.
3 You will keep him in perfect d peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the LORD forever,
e For in YAH, the LORD, is 2 everlasting strength.
5 For He brings 3 down those who dwell on high,
f The lofty city;
He lays it low,
He lays it low to the ground,
He brings it down to the dust.
6 The foot shall 4 tread it down -
The feet of the poor
And the steps of the needy."

7 The way of the just is uprightness;
g O Most Upright,
You 5 weigh the path of the just.
8 Yes, h in the way of Your judgments,
O LORD, we have i waited for You;
The desire of our soul is for Your name
And for the remembrance of You.
9 j With my soul I have desired You in the night,
Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;
For when Your judgments are in the earth,
The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 k Let grace be shown to the wicked,
Yet he will not learn righteousness;
In l the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly,
And will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, m they will not see.
But they will see and be ashamed
For 6 their envy of people;
Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.
12 LORD, You will establish peace for us,
For You have also done all our works 7 in us.
13 O LORD our God, n masters besides You
Have had dominion over us;
But by You only we make mention of Your name.
14 They are dead, they will not live;
They are deceased, they will not rise.
Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
And made all their memory to o perish.
15 You have increased the nation, O LORD,
You have p increased the nation;
You are glorified;
You have expanded all the 8 borders of the land.

16 LORD, q in trouble they have visited You,
They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.
17 As r a woman with child
Is in pain and cries out in her 9 pangs,
When she draws near the time of her delivery,
So have we been in Your sight, O LORD.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain;
We have, as it were, 10 brought forth wind;
We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth,
Nor have s the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19 t Your dead shall live;
Together with 11 my dead body they shall arise.
u Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust;
For your dew is like the dew of herbs,
And the earth shall cast out the dead.

20 Come, my people, v enter your chambers,
And shut your doors behind you;
Hide yourself, as it were, w for a little moment,
Until the indignation is past.
21 For behold, the LORD x comes out of His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
The earth will also disclose her 12 blood,
And will no more cover her slain.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 2:11
    The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
    Isaiah 12:1
    And in that day you will say: "O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 60:18
    Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 118:19
    Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the LORD.
    Psalms 118:20
    This is the gate of the LORD, Through which the righteous shall enter.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 57:19
    "I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near," Says the LORD, "And I will heal him."
    Philippians 4:6
    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
    Philippians 4:7
    And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 12:2
    Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; 'For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'
    Isaiah 45:17
    But Israel shall be saved by the LORD With an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced Forever and ever.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 25:11
    And He will spread out His hands in their midst As a swimmer reaches out to swim, And He will bring down their pride Together with the trickery of their hands.
    Isaiah 25:12
    The fortress of the high fort of your walls He will bring down, lay low, And bring to the ground, down to the dust.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 37:23
    The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 64:5
    You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned - In these ways we continue; And we need to be saved.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 25:9
    And it will be said in that day: "Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
    Isaiah 33:2
    O LORD, be gracious to us; We have waited for You. Be their arm every morning, Our salvation also in the time of trouble.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 63:6
    When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
    Song of Solomon 3:1
    By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him.
    Isaiah 50:10
    Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness And has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD And rely upon his God.
    Luke 6:12
    Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
  11. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 8:12
    Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him.
    Romans 2:4
    Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 143:10
    Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
  13. Cross References
    Job 34:27
    Because they turned back from Him, And would not consider any of His ways.
    Psalms 28:5
    Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, Nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them And not build them up.
    Isaiah 5:12
    The harp and the strings, The tambourine and flute, And wine are in their feasts; But they do not regard the work of the LORD, Nor consider the operation of His hands.
  14. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 12:8
    "Nevertheless they will be his servants, that they may distinguish My service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations."
  15. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 9:5
    For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.
    Isaiah 14:22
    For I will rise up against them," says the LORD of hosts, "And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, And offspring and posterity," says the LORD.
  16. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:3
    You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 37:3
    And they said to him, "Thus says Hezekiah: 'This day is a day of trouble and rebuke and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth.
    Hosea 5:15
    I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 13:8
    And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; They will be amazed at one another; Their faces will be like flames.
    John 16:21
    A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 17:14
    With Your hand from men, O LORD, From men of the world who have their portion in this life, And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure. They are satisfied with children, And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.
  20. Cross References
    Isaiah 25:8
    He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.
    Ezekiel 37:1 - 14
    The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
  21. Cross References
    Daniel 12:2
    And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
    Hosea 13:14
    "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes."
  22. Cross References
    Exodus 12:22
    And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.
    Exodus 12:23
    For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.
    Psalms 91:1
    He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    Psalms 91:4
    He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 30:5
    For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
    Isaiah 54:7
    For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you.
    Isaiah 54:8
    With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you," Says the LORD, your Redeemer.
    2 Corinthians 4:17
    For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
  24. Cross References
    Micah 1:3
    For behold, the LORD is coming out of His place; He will come down And tread on the high places of the earth.
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