“We have a strong city.
God appoints salvation for walls and bulwarks.
that the righteous nation may enter,
the one that remains faithful.
because he trusts in you.
for in Yah, Yahweh, is an everlasting Rock.
the lofty city.
He lays it low. He lays it low even to the ground.
He brings it even to the dust.
even the feet of the poor
and the steps of the needy.”
You who are upright make the path of the righteous level.
have we waited for you.
Your name and your renown are the desire of our soul.
Yes, with my spirit within me I kept seeking you earnestly,
for when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
yet he will not learn righteousness.
In the land of uprightness he will deal wrongfully
and will not see Yahweh’s majesty.
yet they do not see;
but they will see your zeal for the people,
and be disappointed.
Yes, fire will consume your adversaries.
for you have also worked all our works for us.
but by you only will we make mention of your name.
You have increased the nation! You are glorified!
You have enlarged all the borders of the land.
They poured out a prayer
when your discipline was on them.
who draws near the time of her delivery is in pain,
and cries out in her pangs,
so we have been before you, Yahweh.
We gave birth, it seems, only to wind.
We have not worked any deliverance in the earth,
neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
and shut your doors behind you.
Hide yourself for a little moment until the indignation is past.