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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
The Glorious Future
1Behold, a #The Messianic age is again in view (Is 9:7; 11:4; 16:5; 33:17).King will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2Each [one of them] will be like a hiding place from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
Like streams of water in a dry land,
Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched and weary land [to those who turn to them].
3Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded,
And the ears of those who hear will listen attentively.
4The heart (mind) of those who act impulsively will discern the truth,
And the tongue of the stammerers will hurry to speak clearly.
5The fool (the good-for-nothing) will no longer be called noble,
Nor the rogue said to be generous.
6For the fool speaks nonsense,
And his heart (mind) plans wickedness:
To practice ungodliness and to speak error concerning the Lord,
To keep the craving of the hungry unsatisfied
And to deprive the thirsty of drink.
7As for the rogue, his weapons are evil;
He conceives wicked plans
To ruin the poor with lies,
Even when the plea of the needy one is just and right.
8But the noble man conceives noble and magnificent things;
And he stands by what is noble and magnificent.
9Rise up, you women who are carefree,
And hear my voice,
You confident and unsuspecting daughters!
Listen to what I am saying.
10In little more than a year
You will tremble [with anxiety], you unsuspecting and complacent women;
For the vintage has ended,
And the harvest will not come.
11Tremble, you women who are carefree;
Tremble with fear, you complacent ones!
Strip, undress and wear sackcloth on your waist [in grief],
12Beat your breasts [in mourning] for the beautiful fields, for the fruitful vine,
13For the land of my people growing over with thorns and briars—
Yes, [mourn] for all the houses of joy in the joyous city.
14For the palace has been abandoned, the populated city deserted;
The hill [of the city] and the watchtower have become caves [for wild animals] forever,
A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
15Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high,
And the wilderness becomes a fertile field,
And the fertile field is valued as a forest.
16Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
And righteousness will live in the fertile field.
17And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
And the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.
18Then my people will live in a peaceful surrounding,
And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places.
19But it will hail, when the forest comes down,
And the [capital] city will fall in utter humiliation.
20Blessed (happy, fortunate) are you who cast your seed upon all waters [#This verse is challenging to interpret; the ancient rabbis allegorized it, interpreting the sowing as acts of charity and the waters as the Torah.when the river overflows its banks and irrigates the land],
You who allow the ox and the donkey to roam freely.