Isaiah 32

A King Will Reign in Righteousness

1 Behold, a a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2 A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And b a 1 cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3 c The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 Also the heart of the 2 rash will d understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
5 The foolish person will no longer be called 3 generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6 For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work e iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the LORD,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
He devises wicked plans
To destroy the poor with f lying words,
Even when the needy speaks justice.
8 But a 4 generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.

Complacent Women Warned of Disaster

9 Rise up, you women g who are at ease,
Hear my voice;
You complacent daughters,
Give ear to my speech.
10 In a year and some days
You will be troubled, you complacent women;
For the vintage will fail,
The gathering will not come.
11 Tremble, you women who are at ease;
Be troubled, you complacent ones;
Strip yourselves, make yourselves bare,
And gird sackcloth on your waists.
12 People shall mourn upon their breasts
For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 h On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers,
Yes, on all the happy homes in i the joyous city;
14 j Because the palaces will be forsaken,
The bustling city will be deserted.
The forts and towers will become lairs forever,
A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks -
15 Until k the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
And l the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 m The work of righteousness will be peace,
And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings, and in quiet n resting places,
19 o Though hail comes down p on the forest,
And the city is brought low in humiliation.
20 Blessed are you who sow beside all waters,
Who send out freely the feet of q the ox and the donkey.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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