In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song:
Our city is strong!
We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation.
allow the faithful to enter.
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
and brings down the arrogant city.
He brings it down to the dust.
and the needy walk all over it.
the way is not steep and rough.
You are a God who does what is right,
and you smooth out the path ahead of them.
our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.
in the morning* I earnestly seek you.
For only when you come to judge the earth
will people learn what is right.
does not make them do good.
Although others do right, the wicked keep doing wrong
and take no notice of the Lord’s majesty.
Show them your eagerness to defend your people.
Then they will be ashamed.
Let your fire consume your enemies.
all we have accomplished is really from you.
but you alone are the one we worship.
Their departed spirits will never return!
You attacked them and destroyed them,
and they are long forgotten.
yes, you have made us great.
You have extended our borders,
and we give you the glory!
We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline.
writhes and cries out in pain as she gives birth,
so were we in your presence, Lord.
but nothing comes of our suffering.
We have not given salvation to the earth,
nor brought life into the world.
their bodies will rise again!
Those who sleep in the earth
will rise up and sing for joy!
For your life-giving light will fall like dew
on your people in the place of the dead!
20 Go home, my people,
and lock your doors!
Hide yourselves for a little while
until the Lord’s anger has passed.
to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will no longer hide those who have been killed.
They will be brought out for all to see.
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