In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city;
He sets up salvation as walls and ramparts.
Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter,
The one that remains faithful and trustworthy.
You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
Trust [confidently] in the LORD forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],
For the LORD GOD is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
For He has thrown down the [arrogant] ones who dwell on high, the lofty and inaccessible city;
He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He hurls it to the dust.
The foot will trample it,
Even the feet of the suffering, and the steps of the helpless.”
The way of the righteous [those in right-standing with God—living in moral and spiritual integrity] is smooth and level;
O Upright One, make a level path for the just and righteous.
Indeed, in the path of Your judgments, O LORD,
We have waited expectantly for You;
Your name, even Your memory, is the desire and deep longing of our souls.
In the night my soul longs for You [O LORD],
Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
For [only] when Your judgments are experienced on the earth
Will the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
Though the wicked is shown compassion and favor,
He does not learn righteousness;
In the land of uprightness he deals unjustly,
And refuses to see the majesty of the LORD.
Though Your hand is lifted up [to strike], O LORD, the wicked do not see it.
Let them see Your zeal for Your people and be put to shame;
Indeed, let the fire reserved for Your enemies consume them.
LORD, You will establish peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all that we have done.