Isaiah 32
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A Righteous King

1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,

and princes will rule with justice.

2Each will be like a shelter from the wind,

a refuge from the storm,

like streams of water in a dry land,

like the shadow of a great rock in an arid land.

3Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,

and the ears of those who hear will listen.

4The mind of the rash will know and understand,

and the stammering tongue will speak clearly and fluently.

5No longer will a fool be called noble,

nor a scoundrel be respected.

6For a fool speaks foolishness;

his mind plots iniquity.

He practices ungodliness

and speaks falsely about the LORD;

he leaves the hungry empty

and deprives the thirsty of drink.

7The weapons of the scoundrel are destructive;

he hatches plots to destroy the poor with lies,

even when the plea of the needy is just.

8But a noble man makes honorable plans;

he stands up for worthy causes.

The Women of Jerusalem

9Stand up, you complacent women;

listen to me.

Give ear to my word,

you overconfident daughters.

10In a little more than a year you will tremble,

O secure ones.

For the grape harvest will fail

and the fruit harvest will not arrive.

11Shudder, you ladies of leisure;

tremble, you daughters of complacency.

Strip yourselves bare

and put sackcloth around your waists.

12Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,

for the fruitful vines,

13and for the land of my people,

overgrown with thorns and briers—

even for every house of merriment

in this city of revelry.

14For the palace will be forsaken,

the busy city abandoned.

The hilla and the watchtower will become caves forever—

the delight of wild donkeys

and a pasture for flocks—

15until the Spirit is poured out

upon us from on high.

Then the desert will be an orchard,

and the orchard will seem like a forest.

16Then justice will inhabit the wilderness,

and righteousness will dwell in the fertile field.

17The work of righteousness will be peace;

the service of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever.

18Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place,

in safe and secure places of rest.

19But hail will level the forest,

and the city will sink to the depths.

20Blessed are those who sow beside abundant waters,

who let the ox and donkey range freely.

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Isaiah 31
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