One Year Chronological Bible Sampler - Flipbook - Page 85
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You attacked them and destroyed them,
and they are long forgotten.
O LORD, you have made our nation great;
yes, you have made us great.
You have extended our borders,
and we give you the glory!
LORD, in distress we searched for you.
We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline.
Just as a pregnant woman
writhes and cries out in pain as she gives birth,
so were we in your presence, LORD.
We, too, writhe in agony,
but nothing comes of our suffering.
We have not given salvation to the earth,
nor brought life into the world.
But those who die in the LORD will live;
their bodies will rise again!
Those who sleep in the earth
will rise up and sing for joy!
For your life-giving light will fall like dew
on your people in the place of the dead!
Restoration for Israel / Isaiah 26:20–27:13
Go home, my people,
and lock your doors!
Hide yourselves for a little while
until the LORD’s anger has passed.
Look! The LORD is coming from heaven
to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will no longer hide those who have been killed.
They will be brought out for all to see.
In that day the LORD will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan,*
the swiftly moving serpent, the coiling, writhing serpent. He will kill the dragon
of the sea.
“In that day,
sing about the fruitful vineyard.
I, the LORD, will watch over it,
watering it carefully.
Day and night I will watch so no one can harm it.
My anger will be gone.
If I find briers and thorns growing,
I will attack them;
I will burn them up—
unless they turn to me for help.
Let them make peace with me;
yes, let them make peace with me.”
27:1 The identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster in ancient