We have a strong city;d
God makes salvation
2 Open the gatesg
that the righteoush nation may enter,
the nation that keeps faith.
3 You will keep in perfect peacei
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trustj in you.
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rockm eternal.
he lays the lofty city low;
he levels it to the groundn
and casts it down to the dust.o
6 Feet tramplep it down—
the feet of the oppressed,q
the footsteps of the poor.r
7 The path of the righteous is level;s
we waitw for you;
your namex and renown
are the desire of our hearts.
9 My soul yearns for you in the night;y
in the morning my spirit longsz for you.
When your judgmentsa come upon the earth,
the people of the world learn righteousness.b
10 But when grace is shown to the wicked,c
they do not learn righteousness;
even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evild
and do not regarde the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, your hand is lifted high,f
but they do not seeg it.
let the firej reserved for your enemies consume them.
12 Lord, you establish peacek for us;
all that we have accomplished you have donel for us.
13 Lord our God, other lordsm besides you have ruled over us,
14 They are now dead,p they live no more;
their spiritsq do not rise.
You punished them and brought them to ruin;r
you wiped out all memory of them.s
you have enlarged the nation.t
You have gained glory for yourself;
you have extended all the bordersu of the land.
16 Lord, they came to you in their distress;v
when you disciplinedw them,
17 As a pregnant woman about to give birthy
writhes and cries out in her pain,
so were we in your presence, Lord.
but we gave birthz to wind.
We have not brought salvationa to the earth,
and the people of the world have not come to life.b
19 But your deadc will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dustd
wake up and shout for joy—
your dewe is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.f
and shut the doorsg behind you;
hideh yourselves for a little while
to punishm the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the bloodn shed on it;
the earth will conceal its slain no longer.
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