1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for awalls and bulwarks.
2 Open ye the agates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect apeace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
5 ¶ For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.
6 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.
7 The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most aupright, dost weigh the path of the just.
8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we awaited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.
9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I aseek thee bearly: for when thy cjudgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
12 ¶ Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our aworks in us.
13 O Lord our God, other alords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
14 aThey are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world afallen.
20 ¶ Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, auntil the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her ablood, and shall no more cover her slain.