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 them3 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 Eyes4 will no longer be blind5

and ears6 will be attentive.

32:4 The mind that acts rashly will possess discernment7

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 deeds10

and says misleading things about the Lord;

he gives the hungry nothing to satisfy their appetite11

and gives the thirsty nothing to drink.12

32:7 A deceiver’s methods are evil;13

he dreams up evil plans14

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 complacent17 women,

get up and listen to me!

You carefree18 daughters,

pay attention to what I say!

32:10 In a year’s time19

you carefree ones will shake with fear,

for the grape20 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 Mourn23 over the land of my people,

which is overgrown with thorns and briers,

and over all the once-happy houses24

in the city filled with revelry.25

32:14 For the fortress is neglected;

the once-crowded26 city is abandoned.

Hill27 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 peace33

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 destroyed36

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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