Bible: Isaiah 32
Justice and Wisdom Will Prevail
32:1 Look, a king will promote fairness; 1
officials will promote justice. 2
32:2 Each of them 3 will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from a rainstorm;
like streams of water in a dry region
and like the shade of a large cliff in a parched land.
and ears 6 will be attentive.
32:4 The mind that acts rashly will possess discernment 7
and the tongue that stutters will speak with ease and clarity.
32:5 A fool will no longer be called honorable;
a deceiver will no longer be called principled.
32:6 For a fool speaks disgraceful things; 8
his mind plans out sinful deeds. 9
He commits godless deeds 10
and says misleading things about the
he gives the hungry nothing to satisfy their appetite 11
and gives the thirsty nothing to drink. 12
32:7 A deceiver’s methods are evil; 13
he dreams up evil plans 14
to ruin the poor with lies,
even when the needy are in the right. 15
32:8 An honorable man makes honorable plans;
his honorable character gives him security. 16
The Lord Will Give True Security
32:9 You complacent 17 women,
get up and listen to me!
You carefree 18 daughters,
pay attention to what I say!
32:10 In a year’s time 19
you carefree ones will shake with fear,
for the grape 20 harvest will fail,
and the fruit harvest will not arrive.
32:11 Tremble, you complacent ones!
Shake with fear, you carefree ones!
Strip off your clothes and expose yourselves –
put sackcloth on your waist! 21
32:12 Mourn over the field, 22
over the delightful fields
and the fruitful vine!
32:13 Mourn 23 over the land of my people,
which is overgrown with thorns and briers,
and over all the once-happy houses 24
in the city filled with revelry. 25
32:14 For the fortress is neglected;
the once-crowded 26 city is abandoned.
Hill 27 and watchtower
are permanently uninhabited. 28
Wild donkeys love to go there,
and flocks graze there. 29
32:15 This desolation will continue until new life is poured out on us from heaven. 30
Then the desert will become an orchard
and the orchard will be considered a forest. 31
32:16 Justice will settle down in the desert
and fairness will live in the orchard. 32
32:17 Fairness will produce peace 33
and result in lasting security. 34
32:18 My people will live in peaceful settlements,
in secure homes,
and in safe, quiet places. 35
32:19 Even if the forest is destroyed 36
and the city is annihilated, 37
32:20 you will be blessed,
you who plant seed by all the banks of the streams, 38
you who let your ox and donkey graze. 39