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.

32:3 Eyes 4  will no longer be blind 5 

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 Lord;

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 

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