“We have a strong city.+
He makes salvation its walls and its ramparts.+
A nation that is keeping faithful conduct.
You will give them continuous peace,+
Because it is in you that they trust.+
5 For he has brought low those inhabiting the height, the lofty city.
He brings it down,
He brings it down to the earth;
He casts it down to the dust.
6 The foot will trample it,
The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the lowly.”
Because you are upright,
You will smooth out the course of the righteous.
8 As we follow the path of your judgments, O Jehovah,
Our hope is in you.
Yes, my spirit keeps looking for you;+
For when there are judgments from you for the earth,
The inhabitants of the land learn about righteousness.+
They will see your zeal for your people and be put to shame.
Yes, the fire for your adversaries will consume them.
But we make mention of your name alone.+
14 They are dead; they will not live.
Powerless in death, they will not rise up.+
For you have turned your attention to them
To annihilate them and destroy all mention of them.
15 You have enlarged the nation, O Jehovah,
You have enlarged the nation;
You have glorified yourself.+
You have greatly extended all the borders of the land.+
16 O Jehovah, during distress they turned to you;
They poured out their prayer in a whisper when you disciplined them.+
17 Just as a pregnant woman about to give birth
Has labor pains and cries out in pain,
So we have been because of you, O Jehovah.
18 We became pregnant, we had labor pains,
But it is as if we have given birth to wind.
We have not brought salvation to the land,
And no one is born to inhabit the land.
19 “Your dead will live.
Awake and shout joyfully,
You residents in the dust!+
For your dew is as the dew of the morning,*
And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.*
21 For look! Jehovah is coming from his place
To call the inhabitants of the land to account for their error,
And the land will expose her bloodshed
And will no longer cover over her slain.”