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Isaiah 32

32
XXXII
1Behold! a king shall reign in righteousness,
And princes shall rule with equity.
2And a man shall be as an hiding-place from the wind,
And a covert from the tempest;
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim;
And the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
4The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.
5The fool shall no longer be called honourable,
And the fraudulent shall no more be called liberal;
6For the fool will still utter folly,
And his heart will work iniquity,
To practise impiety, and to utter error against Jehovah;
To make empty the soul of the hungry,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to foil.
7As for the fraudulent, his instruments are evil;
He plotteth mischievous devices
To destroy the oppressed with lying words,
Even when the poor man speaketh right.
8But the honourable man will devise honourable things,
And upon honourable things will he insist.
9Arise, hear my voice, ye women that are at ease,
Give ear unto my speech, ye careless daughters.
10Many days and years shall ye be disquieted, ye careless ones!
For the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be disquieted, ye careless ones!
Strip you, and make you bare; and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
12They lament for the fields,
For the pleasant field; for the fruitful vine.
13Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers,
Yea, upon all the joyous houses in the exulting city.
14For the palace shall be deserted, the populous city shall be forsaken;
The hill and the watch-tower shall be for dens, for a long season;
A joy of wild asses, a pasture for the flocks;
15Until the Spirit be poured out upon us from on high;
And the wilderness become a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field be esteemed a forest.
16Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness,
And righteousness inhabit the fruitful field.
17And the work of righteousness shall be peace;
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever.
18And my people shall dwell in a peaceful abode,
And in habitations secure,
And in resting-places undisturbed.
19But it shall hail at the time when the forest is cut down,
And into an humble state shall the city fall.
20Blessed are ye who sow your seed beside all waters,
Who send forth the foot of the ox and the ass.

Isaiah 32

32
Israel’s Ultimate Deliverance
1Look, a righteous king is coming!
And honest princes will rule under him.
2Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land.
3Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth,
and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it.
4Even the hotheads will be full of sense and understanding.
Those who stammer will speak out plainly.
5In that day ungodly fools will not be heroes.
Scoundrels will not be respected.
6For fools speak foolishness
and make evil plans.
They practice ungodliness
and spread false teachings about the Lord.
They deprive the hungry of food
and give no water to the thirsty.
7The smooth tricks of scoundrels are evil.
They plot crooked schemes.
They lie to convict the poor,
even when the cause of the poor is just.
8But generous people plan to do what is generous,
and they stand firm in their generosity.
9Listen, you women who lie around in ease.
Listen to me, you who are so smug.
10In a short time—just a little more than a year—
you careless ones will suddenly begin to care.
For your fruit crops will fail,
and the harvest will never take place.
11Tremble, you women of ease;
throw off your complacency.
Strip off your pretty clothes,
and put on burlap to show your grief.
12Beat your breasts in sorrow for your bountiful farms
and your fruitful grapevines.
13For your land will be overgrown with thorns and briers.
Your joyful homes and happy towns will be gone.
14The palace and the city will be deserted,
and busy towns will be empty.
Wild donkeys will frolic and flocks will graze
in the empty forts#32:14 Hebrew the Ophel. and watchtowers
15until at last the Spirit is poured out
on us from heaven.
Then the wilderness will become a fertile field,
and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.
16Justice will rule in the wilderness
and righteousness in the fertile field.
17And this righteousness will bring peace.
Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.
18My people will live in safety, quietly at home.
They will be at rest.
19Even if the forest should be destroyed
and the city torn down,
20the Lord will greatly bless his people.
Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up.
Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.