1 In that day this song shall be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; He sets
up salvation as our walls and bulwarks.
2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation, keeping faithfulness, may enter in.
3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You; because he trusts in
4 Trust in Jehovah forever; for in YAH JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
5 For He brings down those who dwell on high; He lays low the lofty city; He lays it
low, even to the ground; He brings it down to the dust.
6 The foot shall trample it, the feet of the poor and the steps of the weak.
7 The way of the just is equity; O Upright One, You weigh the path of the just.
8 Yea, in the way of Your judgments, O Jehovah, we have waited for You; for the desire
of our soul is Your name and the remembrance of You.
9 With my soul I have desired You in the night; yea, with my spirit within me I will seek
You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn
10 Let favor be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness; in the land of
uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of Jehovah.
11 Jehovah, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see; but they shall see and be
ashamed for their envy toward the people. Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour
12 Jehovah, You will establish peace for us; for You have also done all our works in us.
13 O Jehovah our God, masters besides You have had the rule over us; but by You only
will we make mention of Your name.
14 Those who are dead do not live; spirits of the dead do not rise. Therefore You have
punished and destroyed them, and made all memory of them to perish.
15 You have increased the nation, O Jehovah, You have increased the nation; You are
glorified; You have extended it to the ends of the earth.
16 Jehovah, in trouble they have visited You; they have poured out a prayer when Your
chastening was upon them.
17 As a woman with child draws near to giving birth, she writhes and cries out in her
pangs; so have we been in Your sight, O Jehovah.
18 We have conceived; we have writhed in pain; but we have given birth (as it were) to
wind. We have not produced any salvation in the earth; nor have the inhabitants of the
world fallen out in birth.
19 Your dead ones shall live, together with My dead body they shall arise. Awake and
sing, you who dwell in the dust; for your dew is as the dew of the light, and the earth
shall cast out the dead.
20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms and shut your doors behind you; hide (as it
were) for a few moments, until the indignation has passed.
21 For behold, Jehovah comes 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.