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Isaiah 26:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: we have a strong city; salvation will he appoint for walls and bulwarks.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will [God] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for security.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will [God] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; salvation doth he appoint for walls and bulwarks.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In that day, shall be sung this song, in the land of Judah,—A strong city, have we! Salvation, will he set for walls and rampart.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— In that day sung is this song in the land of Judah: 'We have a strong city, Salvation He doth make walls and bulwark.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— In that day shall this canticle be sung in the land of Juda. Sion the city of our strength a saviour, a wall and a bulwark shall be set therein.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— In that day shall this song bee sung in the land of Iudah; Wee haue a strong citie, saluation will [God] appoint [for] walles and bulwarkes.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— In that day they shall sing this song in the land of Judah{gr.Judea}; Behold a strong city; and he shall make salvation [its] wall and bulwark.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Yehudah; We have a strong city; salvation will [Yahweh] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
In that x1931
(1931) Complement
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
day 3117
{3117} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
shall this x2088
(2088) Complement
A primitive word; the masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that.
song 7892
{7892} Prime
The second form being feminine; from H7891; a song; abstractly singing.
be sung 7891
{7891} Prime
The second form being the original form, used in (1 Samuel 18:6); a primitive root (rather identical with H7788 through the idea of strolling minstrelsy); to sing.
<8714> Grammar
Stem - Hophal (See H8825)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 178
in the land 776
{0776} Prime
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
of Yh יְהוּדָה; 3063
{3063} Prime
From H3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory.
We have a strong 5797
{5797} Prime
From H5810; strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise).
city; 5892
{5892} Prime
From H5782 a city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post).
salvation 3444
{3444} Prime
Feminine passive participle of H3467; something saved, that is, (abstractly) deliverance; hence aid, victory, prosperity.
will [Yhw יָהוֶה] appoint 7896
{7896} Prime
A primitive root; to place (in a very wide application).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[for] walls 2346
{2346} Prime
Feminine active participle of an unused root apparently meaning to join; a wall of protection.
and bulwarks. 2426
{2426} Prime
A collateral form of H2428; an army; also (by analogy) an intrenchment.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Isaiah 26:1

_ _ Isaiah 26:1-21. Song of praise of Israel after being restored to their own land.

_ _ As the overthrow of the apostate faction is described in the twenty-fifth chapter, so the peace of the faithful is here described under the image of a well-fortified city.

_ _ strong city — Jerusalem, strong in Jehovah’s protection: type of the new Jerusalem (Psalms 48:1-3), contrasted with the overthrow of the ungodly foe (Isaiah 26:4-7, Isaiah 26:12-14; Revelation 22:2, Revelation 22:10-12, etc.).

_ _ salvation ... walls — (Isaiah 60:18; Jeremiah 3:23; Zechariah 2:5). Maurer translates, “Jehovah makes His help serve as walls” (Isaiah 33:20, Isaiah 33:21, etc.).

_ _ bulwarks — the trench with the antemural earthworks exterior to the wall.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Isaiah 26:1-4

_ _ To the prophecies of gospel grace very fitly is a song annexed, in which we may give God the glory and take to ourselves the comfort of that grace: In that day, the gospel day, which the day of the victories and enlargements of the Old Testament church was typical of (to some of which perhaps this has a primary reference), in that day this song shall be sung; there shall be persons to sing it, and cause and hearts to sing it; it shall be sung in the land of Judah, which was a figure of the gospel church; for the gospel covenant is said to be made with the house of Judah, Hebrews 8:8. Glorious things are here said of the church of God.

_ _ I. That it is strongly fortified against those that are bad (Isaiah 26:1): We have a strong city. It is a city incorporated by the charter of the everlasting covenant, fitted for the reception of all that are made free by that charter, for their employment and entertainment; it is a strong city, as Jerusalem was, while it was a city compact together, and had God himself a wall of fire round about it, so strong that none would have believed that an enemy could ever enter into the gates of Jerusalem, Lamentations 4:12. The church is a strong city, for it has walls and bulwarks, or counterscarps, and those of God's own appointing; for he has, in his promise, appointed salvation itself to be its defence. Those that are designed for salvation will find that to be their protection, 1 Peter 1:4.

_ _ II. That it is richly replenished with those that are good, and they are instead of fortifications to it; for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, if they are such as they should be, are its strength, Zechariah 12:5. The gates are here ordered to be opened, that the righteous nation, which keeps the truth, may enter in, Isaiah 26:2. They had been banished and driven out by the iniquity of the former times, but now the laws that were made against them are repealed, and they have liberty to enter in again. Or, There is an act for a general naturalization of all the righteous, whatever nation they are of, encouraging them to come and settle in Jerusalem. When God has done great things for any place or people he expects that thus they should render according to the benefit done unto them; they should be kind to his people, and take them under their protection and into their bosom. Note, 1. It is the character of righteous men that they keep the truths of God, a firm belief of which will have a commanding influence upon the regularity of the whole conversation. Good principles fixed in the head will produce good resolutions in the heart and good practices in the life. 2. It is the interest of states to countenance such, and court them among them, for they bring a blessing with them.

_ _ III. That all who belong to it are safe and easy, and have a holy security and serenity of mind in the assurance of God's favour. 1. This is here the matter of a promise (Isaiah 26:3): Thou wilt keep him in peace, peace, in perfect peace, inward peace, outward peace, peace with God, peace of conscience, peace at all times, under all events; this peace shall he be put into, and kept in the possession of, whose mind is stayed upon God, because it trusts in him. It is the character of every good man that he trusts in God, puts himself under his guidance and government, and depends upon him that it shall be greatly to his advantage to do so. Those that trust in God must have their minds stayed upon him, must trust him at all times, under all events, must firmly and faithfully adhere to him, with an entire satisfaction in him; and such as do so God will keep in perpetual peace, and that peace shall keep them. When evil tidings are abroad those shall calmly expect the event, and not be disturbed by frightful apprehensions arising from them, whose hearts are fixed, trusting in the Lord, Psalms 112:7. 2. It is the matter of a precept (Isaiah 26:4): “Let us make ourselves easy by trusting in the Lord for ever; since God has promised peace to those that stay themselves upon him, let us not lose the benefit of that promise, but repose an entire confidence in him. Trust in him for ever, at all times, when you have nothing else to trust to; trust in him for that peace, that portion, which will be for ever.” Whatever we trust to the world for, it will be but for a moment: all we expect from it is confined within the limits of time. But what we trust in God for will last as long as we shall last. For in the Lord Jehovah-Jah, Jehovah, in him who was, and is, and is to come, there is a rock of ages, a firm and lasting foundation for faith and hope to build upon; and the house built on that rock will stand in a storm. Those that trust in God shall not only find in him, but receive from him, everlasting strength, strength that will carry them to everlasting life, to that blessedness which is for ever; and therefore let them trust in him for ever, and never cast away nor change their confidence.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Isaiah 26:1

In that day — When God shall do such glorious works, as are described in the foregoing chapter. Sung — In the church of God. A city — Jerusalem, or the church, which is often compared to a city. For walls — God's immediate and saving protection shall be to his church instead of walls.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Isaiah 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.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
that day:

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made [each one] for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
Isaiah 12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
Isaiah 24:21-23 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones [that are] on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. ... Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

this song:

Isaiah 5:1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
Isaiah 27:1-2 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea. ... In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.
Exodus 15:2-21 The LORD [is] my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he [is] my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. ... And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Numbers 21:17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:
Judges 5:1-31 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, ... So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but [let] them that love him [be] as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.
2 Samuel 22:1-51 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day [that] the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: ... [He is] the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD [is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever: [and] of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
Ephesians 5:19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; ... Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Revelation 19:1-7 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: ... Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

in the land:

Ezra 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because [he is] good, for his mercy [endureth] for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
Psalms 137:3-4 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us [required of us] mirth, [saying], Sing us [one] of the songs of Zion. ... How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?


Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
Isaiah 62:11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward [is] with him, and his work before him.
Psalms 31:21 Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
Psalms 48:12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
Zechariah 2:5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Revelation 21:12-22 And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: ... And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
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