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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 Righteous Kingdom Announced
1Indeed, a king will reign righteously,
and rulers will rule justly.#Ps 72:1–4; Is 9:6–7; 11:4–5; Jr 23:5; Zch 9:9; 14:9
2Each will be like a shelter from the wind,
a refuge from the rain,#Is 4:6; 25:4
like flowing streams#Is 30:25 in a dry land
and the shade of a massive rock in an arid land.
3Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.#Is 6:10; 29:18
4The reckless mind will gain knowledge,
and the stammering tongue#Is 33:19 will speak clearly and fluently.
5A fool will no longer be called a noble,#Ps 107:40; 118:9; 146:3
nor a scoundrel said to be important.
6For a fool speaks foolishness
and his mind plots iniquity.
He lives in a godless way
and speaks falsely about the Lord.
He leaves the hungry empty
and deprives the thirsty of drink.#Is 3:15; 10:2
7The scoundrel’s weapons are destructive;
he hatches plots to destroy the needy with lies,
even when the poor person says what is right.
8But a noble person plans noble things;
he stands up for noble causes.
9Stand up, you complacent women;#Is 47:8; Am 6:1; Zph 2:15
listen to me.
Pay attention to what I say,
you overconfident daughters.
10In a little more than a year
you overconfident ones will shudder,
for the grapes will fail
and the harvest will not come.
11Shudder, you complacent ones;
tremble, you overconfident ones!
Strip yourselves bare#Is 47:2–3
and put sackcloth around your waists.
12Beat your breasts in mourning#Nah 2:7
for the delightful fields and the fruitful vines,#Mk 14:25
13for the ground of my people
growing thorns and briers,#Is 5:6; 7:23–25; 9:18; 27:4
indeed, for every joyous house in the jubilant city.
14For the palace will be deserted,
the busy city abandoned.
The hill and the watchtower will become
barren places forever,
the joy of wild donkeys,
and a pasture for flocks,
15until the Spirit#32:15 Or a wind from on high is poured out on us.#Is 11:2; 44:3; 59:21; Ezk 39:29; Jl 2:28
Then the desert will become an orchard,
and the orchard will seem like a forest.#Is 29:17; 35:1–2
16Then justice will inhabit the wilderness,
and righteousness will dwell in the orchard.
17The result of righteousness will be peace;#Ps 72:2–3; 85:8; 119:165; Is 2:4; Rm 14:17; Jms 3:18
the effect of righteousness
will be quiet confidence forever.
18Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place,
in safe and secure dwellings.
19But hail will level the forest,#32:19 Hb obscure#Is 28:2,17; 30:30
and the city will sink into the depths.#Is 24:10,12; 26:5; 27:10; 29:4
20You will be happy as you sow seed
beside abundant water,#Nm 24:7; Ec 11:1; Is 30:23–24
and as you let oxen and donkeys range freely.#Is 30:24