Isaiah 32
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1See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.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 thirsty land.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 the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.3Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth, and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it.
4The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.4Even the hotheads will be full of sense and understanding. Those who stammer will speak out plainly.
5No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.5In that day ungodly fools will not be heroes. Scoundrels will not be respected.
6For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.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.
7Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.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 the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.8But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.
9You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!9Listen, you women who lie around in ease. Listen to me, you who are so smug.
10In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come.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 complacent women; shudder, you daughters who feel secure! Strip off your fine clothes and wrap yourselves in rags.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 for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vines12Beat your breasts in sorrow for your bountiful farms and your fruitful grapevines.
13and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers-- yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.13For your land will be overgrown with thorns and briers. Your joyful homes and happy towns will be gone.
14The fortress will be abandoned, the noisy city deserted; citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever, the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,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 and watchtowers
15till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest.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.
16The LORD's justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field.16Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field.
17The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.17And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.
18My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.18My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.
19Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely,19Even if the forest should be destroyed and the city torn down,
20how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.20the LORD will greatly bless his people. Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up. Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.
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