26:1 In that day shall a this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; b salvation will [God] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks.
(a) This song was made to comfort the faithful
when their captivity would come, assuring them also of their deliverance, for
which they should sing this song.
(b) God's protection and defence will be
sufficient for us.
26:2 c Open
ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
(c) He assures the godly to return after the
captivity to Jerusalem.
26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose]
d mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he
trusteth in thee.
(d) You have decreed so, and your purpose cannot
26:5 For he bringeth down
them that dwell on high; e the lofty
city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, [even] to the ground; he bringeth it
[even] to the dust.
(e) There is no power so high that it can hinder
God, when he will deliver his.
26:6 The foot shall tread it down, [even] the feet
of the f poor, [and] the steps of the
(f) God will set the poor afflicted over the
power of the wicked.
26:8 Yea, in the way of thy g
judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of [our] soul [is] to thy
name, and to the remembrance of thee.
(g) We have constantly abode in the adversities
with which you had afflicted us.
26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night;
yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments
[are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn h
(h) Meaning that by afflictions men will learn to
26:10 Let favour i
be shown to the wicked, [yet] he will not learn righteousness: in the land of
uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
(i) The wicked though God show them evident signs
of his grace, will not be any better off.
26:11 LORD, [when] thy hand is lifted up, they
will not see: [but] they shall see, and be ashamed for [their] k
envy at the people; yea, the fire of thy l
enemies shall devour them.
(k) Through envy and indignation against your
(l) The fire and vengeance with which you destroy
26:13 O LORD our God,
[other] m lords beside thee have had
dominion over us: [but] by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
(m) The Babylonians, who have not governed
according to your word.
26:14 [They are] n
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.
(n) Meaning that the reprobate even in this life
will have the beginning of everlasting death.
26:15 Thou hast increased o
the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou
hadst removed [it] far [to] all the ends of the earth.
(o) That is, the company of the faithful by the
calling of the Gentiles.
26:16 LORD, in trouble have they p
visited thee, they poured out a prayer [when] thy chastening [was] upon them.
(p) That is, the faithful by the rods were moved
to pray to you for deliverance.
26:17 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 q sight, O LORD.
(q) That is, in extreme sorrow.
26:18 We have been with child, we have been in
pain, we have as it were brought forth r
wind; we have not wrought any deliverance on the earth; neither have the
inhabitants of s the world fallen.
(r) Our sorrows had no end, neither did we enjoy
the comfort that we looked for.
(s) The wicked and men without religion were not
Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake
and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy u
dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
(t) He comforts the faithful in their
afflictions, showing them that even in death they will have life and that they
would certainly rise to glory, the contrary would come to the wicked, as in (Isaiah
(u) As herbs dead in winter flourish again by the
rain in the springtime, so they who lie in the dust will rise up to joy, when
they feel the dew of God's grace.
26:20 Come, my people, x
enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it
were for a little moment, until the indignation shall be past.
(x) He exhorts the faithful to be patient in
their afflictions and to wait on God's work.
26:21 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 y blood, and shall no
more cover her slain.
(y) The earth will vomit and cast out the
innocent blood, which it has drunk, that it may care for vengeance against the