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God Will Give New Life to His People

13 Lord, you are our God,
    but in the past, we followed other lords.
We belonged to other masters,[a]
    but now we want people to remember only one name—yours.
14 Those dead lords will not come to life.
    Those ghosts will not rise from death.
You decided to destroy them,
    and you destroyed everything that makes us think about them.
15 Lord, you have helped the nation you love.
    You made our nation grow
    and brought honor to yourself.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 26:13 we followed … masters This is a wordplay. It could also be translated, “Husbands other than you married us.” One word sounds like “Baal,” the other like a title for God.
  2. Isaiah 26:15 Or “You gathered together the nation you love, the nation you drove into faraway lands.”

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