Book of Isaiah Chapter 26
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We Are the Champions
- In Judah, everyone will sing a victory song when they've come through all the rough stuff, emerging in an era of peace.
- The song celebrates God's defeat of Judah's enemies. The people of Judah will now enter into a "strong city" themselves, supported by God.
- God helped them by destroying the lofty cities and letting the feet of the poor and needy trample the dust of those places.
- God prepares the way of the righteous, aiding people in their attempts to behave better.
- The singer sings about how God is, alone, his soul's great desire.
- The wicked seem to be favored and keep enjoying themselves in a land that's supposed to be upright.
- The singer asks God to make sure those wicked folks are put down and realize who's the boss. God will favor his own people and consume their adversaries with fire.
- The singer says that the people only acknowledge God as their ruler, though others have ruled over them.
- The dead whom God has punished will remain dead, but God will make his own kingdom bigger and better.
Bringing Up the Dead
- The people of Judah were like a woman in the anguish of labor pains while waiting for God. They struggled and writhed but "gave birth only to wind."
- They look forward to a possible resurrection, however, when the dead will rise—like the earth giving birth to them.
- The singer says that people should hide until God's wrath is past.
- The earth will reveal all the dead people buried in it and the blood that has been poured into it.